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The Smart-Start heuristic in windPRO

Have you heard about the newest concept “Smart-Start”? This month, a research paper came out that describes the benefits of this smart method.

What might surprise you is that some time ago, we have already implemented that concept in our wind farm layout optimizer in #windPRO

The optimizer includes a super efficient implementation of the #SmartStart heuristics mentioned in the paper below.

The Smart-Start heuristic in windPRO:
✅ significantly speeds-up layout optimization of large wind farms,
✅ limits the need for random re-starts to find superior layout solutions
✅ works with AEP as objective function, but also with the financial objectives LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy) and NPV (Net Present Value)