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Information 2017, 8(2), 39; doi:10.3390/info8020039

Aesthetic Local Search of Wind Farm Layouts

Department of Computer Science, University of Waikato, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand
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Academic Editor: Willy Susilo
Received: 12 January 2017 / Revised: 21 February 2017 / Accepted: 21 March 2017 / Published: 24 March 2017
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The visual impact of wind farm layouts has seen little consideration in the literature on the wind farm layout optimisation problem to date. Most existing algorithms focus on optimising layouts for power or the cost of energy alone. In this paper, we consider the geometry of wind farm layouts and whether it is possible to bi-optimise a layout for both energy efficiency and the degree of visual impact that the layout exhibits. We develop a novel optimisation approach for solving the problem which measures mathematically the degree of visual impact of a layout. The approach draws inspiration from the field of architecture. To evaluate our ideas, we demonstrate them on three benchmark problems for the wind farm layout optimisation problem in conjunction with two recently-published stochastic local search algorithms. Optimal patterned layouts are shown to be very close in terms of energy efficiency to optimal non-patterned layouts. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind farm layout optimisation; BlockCopy; turbine displacement algorithm; pattern metrics; harmony wind farm layout optimisation; BlockCopy; turbine displacement algorithm; pattern metrics; harmony

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