TOPFARM – A Tool for Wind Farm Optimization

Gunner Chr. Larsen (Invited author), Pierre-Elouan Réthoré (Invited author)

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TOPFARM takes the investors perspective and performs an economical optimization of a wind farm layout throughout the lifetime of the wind farm. The economical optimization approach of wind farm layout differs significantly from the traditional power output optimization. The major differences are highlighted, and the TOPFARM platform is described in brief. The capability of the platform is illustrated in two demonstration examples. In the first example we perform a sanity check of basic features of the TOPFARM objective function. The second example demonstrates the power of economical layout optimization, when applied on the Danish Middelgrunden offshore wind farm. The paper concludes by describing planned future developments of TOPFARM.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy Procedia
Pages (from-to)317-324
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event10th Deep Sea Offshore Wind R & D Conference - Trondheim, Norway
Duration: 24 Jan 201325 Jan 2013
Conference number: 10


Conference10th Deep Sea Offshore Wind R & D Conference


  • Economical optimization
  • wind farm flow field ;wind farm layout ;aeroelastic codes ;cost models

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