Software system for analysis and heuristic optimization for the design of wind farms

Summary of the technology

The “Modern Heuristics of Optimization and Design of Communications Networks” research group, from the University of Alcalá, presents a software environment for the design of wind farms. Focused especially on the use of optimization heuristic algorithms to design the location of wind turbines.

The group is looking for companies from the renewable sector to reach cooperation or commercial agreements with technical assistance or joint venture agreements.

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Details of the Technology Offer

The heuristic optimization algorithms are a powerful tool for the searching of engineering solutions. Currently, algorithms are being implemented to design the optimal location of wind turbines in marine and terrestrial wind farms.

To solve this problem, it is necessary to carry out a multi-objective optimization where, in addition to the maximum net power obtained in the farm, others variables such as the cost of the infrastructure have to be considered.

At the same time, the necessary software is being developed to allow algorithms to take into account a large number of constraints and parameters of the farm.

Both in a real design as in a first approximation, it is necessary to know the location, so that the results obtained are coherent with the conditions of the place. The variation of the wind speed within the farm, the types of wind turbines to be installed, as well as which zones can or cannot be used for the location of the wind turbines, allow the results obtained by the algorithms to represent a more efficient solution.


The use of soft computing techniques has been loosely applied to optimizing the design of wind farms, and only with a limited set of parameters.


Any improvement in the use of renewable energy technologies is beneficial at an environmental level by reducing the use of other polluting technologies. But besides being good environmentally it is necessary also to be profitable for the companies that develop it. One of the main drawbacks of these companies are the economic penalties imposed by governments for the error in wind prediction.Our predictive tools aim to reduce their associated costs.


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Laboratory prototypes

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The group is looking for companies from the renewable sector to reach cooperation or commercial agreements with technical assistance or joint venture agreements.

Related Keywords

  • Energy Technology
  • Energy production, transmission and conversion
  • Turbines
  • Wind Technology
  • Energy efficiency
  • Protecting Man and Environment
  • Environment
  • Environmental Engineering / Technology
  • Energy Market
  • Alternative Energy
  • Wind Market
  • Other Energy
  • energy
  • optimization
  • wind
  • wind turbines
  • heuristics
  • software
  • wind farm

About Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI

The Technology Transfer Office at Alcalá University serves as a liaison between the University and its socioeconomic environment in terms of research and innovation. It encorages collaboration between research groups from universities and companies/institutions, with the objective to promote and commercialize research results and scientific capabilities.

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- Promotion of R & D and improvement of the relationships with companies.
- Promote the participation in R & D projects applicants to public calls (regional, national and European).
- Advising, processing and monitoring of patents and other forms of industrial protection.
- Support in the negotiation of contracts and agreements for R&D&i

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