Wind Farm Layout Optimization in Different Search Spaces: A Case Study in Oman

A. Al Shereiqi, A. Al-Hinai, B. Mohandes, R. Al-Abri, M. Albadi

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Wind farm layout is a vital subject due to its effect on power generation. Wind farm layout optimization (WFLO) is a complex optimization problem that cannot be solved by traditional optimization methods. Therefore, heuristic optimization techniques are used to solve a WFLO problem. With this problem, the search space plays a significant role in the results. Therefore, this study investigates the impacts of solving the WFLO problem in continuous and discrete search spaces using a genetic algorithm. Besides, Jensen's wake effect model is involved in this study to estimate the velocity deficit within the wind farm. A case study that features a wind profile with multi-speed and multi-direction is used to demonstrate how to get a wind farm layout in discrete and continuous search spaces. The results indicate for the superiority of a continuous search space in terms of compactness, whereas the discrete search space has higher output power, efficiency, and shorter computational time. These results are due to the limitations on the number of generations, population sizes, and the computational machine to get the optimality of the genetic algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2022
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781665408233
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event2022 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2022 - Denver, United States
Duration: Jul 17 2022Jul 21 2022

Publication series

NameIEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting
ISSN (Print)1944-9925
ISSN (Electronic)1944-9933


Conference2022 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • continuous search space
  • discrete search space
  • genetic algorithm
  • layout optimization
  • wind farm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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