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Experiment: Improve Hornsrev1 Layout

In this exercise, you can investigate how changing the turbine positions inside the Hornsrev1 wind farm influences its AEP.

Install PyWake if needed

# Install PyWake if needed
    import py_wake
except ModuleNotFoundError:
    !pip install git+

First we import basic Python elements

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

Import and instantiate relevant PyWake objects

We operate with four fundamental objects in PyWake, namely Site, WindTurbines and WindFarmModel, as explained in the Overview section.

#importing the properties of Hornsrev1, which are already stored in PyWake
from import V80
from import Hornsrev1Site
from import wt_x, wt_y

# BastankhahGaussian combines the engineering wind farm model, `PropagateDownwind` with
# the `BastankhahGaussianDeficit` wake deficit model and the `SquaredSum` super position model
from py_wake import BastankhahGaussian

# After we import the objects we instatiate them:
site = Hornsrev1Site()
wt = V80()
windFarmModel = BastankhahGaussian(site, wt)

The Site object

There are multiple functionalities available from the Site object as well as wind conditions, probability and geometry of the wind farm. We can e.g. plot the wind rose with a specific number of bins by using the plot_wd_distribution function:


The WindTurbine object

The Wind turbine object contains relevant information about the turbine used as well as supplying usefull functions. It holds information about the power curve, ct-curve, hub height and diameter and has a plotting function to visualize the layout of the turbines.

# Original layout
wt.plot(wt_x, wt_y)
plt.xlabel('x [m]')
plt.ylabel('y [m]')
Text(0, 0.5, 'y [m]')

AEP Calculation

# Original AEP
aep_ref = windFarmModel(wt_x,wt_y).aep().sum()
print ('Original AEP: %f GWh'%aep_ref)
Original AEP: 682.040725 GWh

Exercise: Improve the AEP by modifying turbine locations.

Modify the x and y offsets for the rows and columns to increase the AEP.

Note, the turbines positions are limited by a rectangle surrounding the existing layout.

# Here we define a function to print and plot your new layout. No need to change anything here
def add_offset_plot_and_print(row_offset_x, row_offset_y, col_offset_x, col_offset_y):
    x,y = wt_x, wt_y
    y = np.reshape(y,(10,8)).astype(float)
    x = np.reshape(x,(10,8)).astype(float)

    x+= np.array(row_offset_x)
    y+= np.array(row_offset_y)
    x+= np.array(col_offset_x)[:,np.newaxis]
    y+= np.array(col_offset_y)[:,np.newaxis]
    y = np.maximum(min(wt_y), np.minimum(max(wt_y), y.flatten()))
    x = np.maximum(min(wt_x), np.minimum(max(wt_x), x.flatten()))

    plt.plot(wt_x, wt_y,'b.')
    wt.plot(x, y)
    aep = windFarmModel(x,y).aep().sum()
    print ("AEP ref", aep_ref.values)
    print ("AEP", aep.values)
    print ("Increase: %f %%"%((aep-aep_ref)/aep_ref*100))

Now try to modify the row and column offsets and see if you can improve the AEP

# =======================================
# Specify offsets
# =======================================

row_offset_x = np.linspace(0,1,8)* -500
row_offset_y = np.linspace(0,1,8) * 0

col_offset_x = np.linspace(0,1,10) * 0
col_offset_y = np.linspace(0,1,10) * 0

add_offset_plot_and_print(row_offset_x, row_offset_y, col_offset_x, col_offset_y)
AEP ref 682.0407252944838
AEP 682.2122958662208
Increase: 0.025155 %