Toward coordinated look-ahead reactive power optimisation for distribution networks with minimal control

Toward coordinated look-ahead reactive power optimisation for distribution networks with minimal control

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A coordinated look-ahead reactive power optimisation method is proposed to minimise the required number of operating control devices for a time horizon of 24 h. The aim is to determine, via solving a mixed integer non-linear programming (MINLP) problem, optimum value settings of transformer taps, capacitor banks and reactive power output of distributed generators (DGs) based on the day-ahead load demand and active power output of DGs satisfying the engineering and operational constraints. The proposed method employs a three-stage method: assessment stage, time-period-partitioning stage, and coordinated reactive power optimisation stage. The first stage assesses the hourly voltage profile and available delivery capability margin of the system, while the time-period-partitioning stage uses clustering algorithm based on power-flow solution to partition time periods into coherent time durations. The MINLP problem is solved in the proposed coordinated optimisation stage. A modified IEEE13 case and IEEE123 case are used to verify the effectiveness of the proposed three-stage method.


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