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https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-2021-54
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-2021-54

  26 Jul 2021

26 Jul 2021

Review status: a revised version of this preprint is currently under review for the journal WES.

A Simplified, Efficient Approach to Hybrid Wind and Solar Plant Site Optimization

Charles Tripp, Darice Guittet, Jennifer King, and Aaron Barker Charles Tripp et al.
  • National Renewable Energy Labortory, 15013 Denver West Parkway , Golden, CO 80401

Abstract. Wind plant layout optimization is a difficult, complex problem with a large number of variables and many local minima. Layout optimization only becomes more difficult with the addition of solar generation. In this paper, we propose a parameterized approach to wind and solar hybrid power plant layout optimization that greatly reduces problem dimensionality while guaranteeing that the generated layouts have a desirable regular structure. We argue that the evolution strategies class of derivative-free optimization methods is well-suited to the parameterized hybrid layout problem, and we demonstrate how hard layout constraints (e.g. placement restrictions) can be transformed into soft constraints that are amenable to optimization using evolution strategies. Next, we present experimental results on four test sites, demonstrating the viability, reliability, and effectiveness of the parameterized ES approach for generating optimized hybrid plant layouts. Completing the tool kit for parameterized ES layout generation, we include a brief tutorial describing how the parameterized ES approach can be inspected, understood, and debugged when applied to hybrid plant layouts.

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Status: final response (author comments only)

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on wes-2021-54', Dominic von Terzi, 15 Aug 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Charles Tripp, 24 Aug 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Charles Tripp, 22 Sep 2021
      • AC3: 'Reply on AC2', Charles Tripp, 22 Sep 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on wes-2021-54', Anonymous Referee #2, 29 Oct 2021
    • AC4: 'Reply on RC2', Charles Tripp, 06 Nov 2021
    • AC5: 'Reply on RC2', Charles Tripp, 06 Nov 2021

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Hybrid solar and wind plant layout optimization is a difficult, complex problem. In this paper, we propose a parameterized approach to wind and solar hybrid power plant layout optimization that greatly reduces problem dimensionality while guaranteeing that the generated layouts have a desirable regular structure. We demonstrate that this layout method that generates high-performance, regular layouts which respect hard constraints (e.g. placement restrictions).