Optimal voltage support mechanism in distribution networks

Ziari, Iman, Ledwich, Gerard, & Ghosh, Arindam (2011) Optimal voltage support mechanism in distribution networks. IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, 5(1), pp. 127-135.

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Optimal scheduling of voltage regulators (VRs), fixed and switched capacitors and voltage on customer side of transformer (VCT) along with the optimal allocaton of VRs and capacitors are performed using a hybrid optimisation method based on discrete particle swarm optimisation and genetic algorithm. Direct optimisation of the tap position is not appropriate since in general the high voltage (HV) side voltage is not known. Therefore, the tap setting can be determined give the optimal VCT once the HV side voltage is known. The objective function is composed of the distribution line loss cost, the peak power loss cost and capacitors' and VRs' capital, operation and maintenance costs. The constraints are limits on bus voltage and feeder current along with VR taps. The bus voltage should be maintained within the standard level and the feeder current should not exceed the feeder-rated current. The taps are to adjust the output voltage of VRs between 90 and 110% of their input voltages. For validation of the proposed method, the 18-bus IEEE system is used. The results are compared with prior publications to illustrate the benefit of the employed technique. The results also show that the lowest cost planning for voltage profile will be achieved if a combination of capacitors, VRs and VCTs is considered.

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ID Code: 40768
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Capacitor Switching, Costing, Genetic Algorithms, Particle Swarm Optimisation, Power Distribution Economics, Power Distribution Planning
DOI: 10.1049/iet-gtd.2010.0277
ISSN: 1751-8687
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Deposited On: 16 Mar 2011 22:32
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2011 22:32

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