Multidisciplinary Wind Farm Electrical Infrastructure Optimization

Rafael Valotta Rodrigues*, Juan-Andres Perez Rua

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During the construction stage of a wind farm, it is paramount to consider which layouts are the most efficient. Recent literature has found that optimization of the annual energy production is not necessarily driven by the same factors as other economic metrics, such as the internal rate of return. One parameter that makes this particularly true is the electrical cable length and layout, which affect both the cash flow of the project and the investments. While placing turbines far from each other is beneficial to mitigate the wake effect, the capital expenditures associated with the longer cables affects economic metrics. On the other hand, even though placing turbines close to each other reduces cable expenses, wind turbine mechanical loads are challenging to determine from wake effects. This work investigates trends between annual energy production, internal rate of return, electrical cable layout, and turbine components degradation due to mechanical loads. Results point towards corroborating recent literature, finding financial opportunities to explore tighter layouts with shorter electrical cables.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Science of Making Torque from Wind (TORQUE 2024): System design and multi-fidelity/multi-disciplinary modeling
Number of pages9
PublisherIOP Publishing
Publication date2024
Article number082021
Publication statusPublished - 2024
EventThe Science of Making Torque from Wind (TORQUE 2024) - Florence, Italy
Duration: 29 May 202431 May 2024


ConferenceThe Science of Making Torque from Wind (TORQUE 2024)
SeriesJournal of Physics: Conference Series


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