The impact of wake models on wind farm layout optimization
Results for nine gradient-based layout optimization runs of a wind farm with 25 turbines in flat terrain are presented, varying three different choices of the underlying wake model and three inflow scenarios. In all cases the AEP is maximised and the constraints are purely geometrical. A single inflow vector, a uniform wind rose and a realistic synthetic wind rose are studied, and the final layouts for the Jensen, the Ainslie and a CFD-based numerical wake model are compared. Prom this an estimate of the average variation of the turbine position due to the different wake models is obtained. All calculations were carried out with the in-house software flapFOAM.