Case Study: Multilevel Optimization with ModelCenter® Reduces Cost of Building Wind Farm by Almost $4 Million

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The Bobcat Bluff Wind Project, located in Archer City, Texas consists of 100 GE 1.5 MW turbines capable of producing up to 150 MW of electrical power. The turbines were positioned without considering construction costs, resulting in higher than necessary construction costs. Stanford University consultants used this application to demonstrate how multilevel optimization with ModelCenter that simultaneously considers both energy capture and construction costs could have saved $4 million in construction costs and reduced the overall cost of energy produced by the wind farm by $0.20 per Megawatt hour.

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