Electrical layout design is, for offshore wind farms (OWF), a complex problem that has a far-reaching impact on both plant cost and reliability. A full optimization of the layout, as opposed to just selecting the most favorable pre-established configuration, is required in order to capture all the potential efficiencies. However, classical optimization methods such as mixed-integer programming (MIP) might not be applicable to large OWFs. This paper describes a novel combination of ordinal optimization (OO) and MIP that is able to deal with large problems in reduced computation times with a statistical optimality guarantee. The algorithm is applied to a real case study taken from Barrow Offshore Wind Farm in the East Irish Sea.
Keywords: offshore wind farms; collector system; transmission system; electrical layout; circuit optimization
Wind Energy. Volume: 18 Issue: 12 Pages: 2241-2258
Journal Impact Factor: JCR impact factor 2.725 (2016)
DOI reference: 10.1002/we.1807
Published on paper: December 2015. Published on-line: October 2014.