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Simultaneous Distribution Network Reconfiguration and Optimal Placement of Distributed Generation
Corresponding Author(s) : Abdullahi Bala Kunya
Journal of Applied Materials and Technology,
Vol. 1 No. 1 (2019): September 2019
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A reliable, eco- and nature-friendly operation has been the major concern of modern power system (PS). To improve the PS reliability and reduce the adverse environmental effect of conventional thermal generation facilities, renewable energy based distributed generation (RDG) are being enormously integrated to low and medium voltage distribution networks (DN). However, if these systems are not properly deployed, the reliability and stability of the PS will be endangered and its quality can be dreadfully jeopardized. Among the measures taken to avoid such is optimizing the location and size of each RDG unit in the DNs. These networks are generally operated in a radial configuration, though they can be reconfigured to other topologies to achieve certain objectives. Both RDG placement/sizing and DN reconfiguration are highly non-linear, multi-objective, constrained and combinatorial optimization problems. In this study, a hybrid of Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) and real-coded Genetic Algorithm (GA) techniques is employed for DN reconfiguration and optimal allocation (size and location) of multiple RDG units in primary DNs simultaneously. The objectives of the proposed technique are active power loss reduction, voltage profile (VP) and feeder load balancing (LB) improvement. It is carried out subject to some technical constraints, with the search space being the set of DN branches, DG sizes and potential locations. To ascertain the effectiveness of the technique, it is implemented on standard IEEE 16-bus, 33-bus and 69-bus test DNs. The proposed algorithm is implemented in MATLAB and MATPOWER environments. It is observed the power loss, voltage deviation and LB are found to be reduced by 32.84%, 12.33% and 24.03% of their respective inherent values in the biggest system when the system is reconfigured only. With the optimized RDGs placed in the reconfigured systems, a further reductions of 46.27%, 25.92% and 36.65% are observed respectively.
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Introduction
Traditional power systems (PSs) are designed to accommodate power flow in one direction. However, owing to the some economic and environmental concerns like escalation in the cost of fuel and greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy based distributed generations (RDGs) are adopted as one of the promising alternative to fossil fuels [1]. Even though integration of RDGs to distribution networks (DNs) constitutes bidirectional power flow, it can facilitate implementation of competitive energy policies, diversify the available energy sources, deferment of PS facilities upgrades and improve system efficiency through reduction of energy losses [2]. Despite the numerous economic and technical benefits derived from RDG, if they are poorly designed and/or placed, the system will be vulnerable to instability issues which ultimately jeopardizes the quality like increases losses, injects harmonic currents and deteriorates voltage profile (VP). Conversely, optimizing the RDG size and location in DN can improve network performance in terms of VP, reduced cost of energy. In addition, these improvements in the PS quality and many more can be equally achieved when the topology of the DN is optimally restructured or reconfigured.
Generally, DNs are built as weakly meshed networks but operated in a radial configuration, though they can be reconfigured to other topologies to achieve certain objectives [3, 4, 5]. DN reconfiguration (DNR) is the technique of modifying the topological structure of DN by varying the open/close states of the network sectionalizing and tie switches [6]. Sectionalizing switches are normally closed switches placed within each feeder of the DN while tie switches are normally open switches connecting part of one feeder to another [7]. DNR is an effective way of improving the performance of power DNs such as reducing power losses [8, 9], voltage profile (VP) improvement [10, 11], feeder load balancing (LB) [9, 12], increasing RDG penetration [13, 14], mitigating operational constraint violations [12], service restoration [15, 16], improving system security [17] and relieving primary feeders for the purpose of repairs on that feeder [18]. The DN reconfiguration changes the power flow direction which subsequently alters the line currents, bus voltages, level of symmetry and level of harmonic distortion on the bus voltages [19, 20].
DNR is carried out either offline better known static DNR or online called dynamic DNR. However, due to intermittent nature of load demand and RDGs power output, static DNR is seldom applied hence necessitating the dynamic reconfiguration. In dynamic DNR, the DN operators can restructure the topology of DNs in real time by switching the remotely controlled switches on or off [14].
Furthermore, both RDG placement/sizing and DNR are highly non-linear, multi-objective, constrained and combinatorial optimization problems. The complexity increases in manifold when the two problems are solved simultaneously. There are numerous research works carried out on these techniques separately. However, the determining the optimal DNR and RDG placement/sizing simultaneously is still rarely available in the literature. The research work presented the solution of DNR for loss reduction was pioneered by Merlin and Back [21]. Spanning tree approach was proposed where all the switches in the DN were closed and then opened successively to eliminate the loops. Subsequently, many other algorithms were developed to solve this problem. For instance, PL minimization and VD improvement using DNR is presented in [22]. Likewise, in [23], DNR is applied to DNs to maximize the DN’s hosting capacity for plug-in electric vehicles and minimize costs. In the authors’ previous work [10], particle swarm optimization (PSO) is applied to solve optimal DNR for loss reduction and voltage profile improvement. Similarly, other heuristic and meta-heuristic optimization techniques were applied for DNR studies like hybrid evolutionary algorithm [24], non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm-II [25], plant growth simulation algorithm [26], ant colony algorithm [27] and multi objective honey bee mating optimization [28]. In [29], a nature-inspired algorithm is applied for the solution of complex DNR with multiple objectives. The hybrid artificial immune systems-ant colony optimization approach is selected in the work due to its ability to handle the multi-objective formulations and to provide restoration solution during contingencies. Graph theory is applied both in [30] and [31] with a view of improving the computational performance of the DNR technique, while the artificial immune system and multi-objective discrete PSO are used to solve the problem of multi-objective DNR, correspondingly.
On the other hand, there are number of works done on the optimal allocation of RDG. For instance, in [32] optimal RDG placement in cyber-physical PS is presented. Ant-lion optimization technique is applied in [33] to determine the optimal size and location of RDG with the aim of reducing the purchased energy cost from upstream, reliability improvement, losses and voltage deviation reduction. Optimal placement and sizing of multiple RDG units is presented using by invasive weed optimization algorithm in [34]. In spite of the improvements achieved in the respective objectives of the aforementioned researches, none solved the DNR and RDG allocation simultaneously. Recently, attempts were made to solve the two problems simultaneously like in [35, 36]. The objective of these techniques is minimizing the PL and improve VP. However, due to high combinations of the solution space, search space reduction technique is applied to phase out some solutions.
In this proposed study, a hybrid PSO and real-coded Genetic Algorithm (HPSOGA) technique is employed for optimal DNR and multiple RDG units placement and sizing in primary DNs simultaneously. The two optimization techniques are hybridized to reap the advantages of both techniques; faster convergence of PSO and the ability of GA to avoid trapping in local minima. The objectives of the proposed technique are to simultaneously minimize PL, improve VP and enhance feeder load balancing (LB). It is carried out subject to some technical constraints like limits of bus voltage magnitude, maximum permissible line current carrying capacity and radial network structure (RNS). The search space of the proposed work is the set of DN branches, DG sizes and potential locations.
The significant contribution of this study are itemized as follows:
Proposes a hybrid of PSO and GA for the solution for DNR and RDG allocation simultaneously.
Formulates the technique with the capability of solving the both RDG deployment and DNR on DNs with single and multiple feeder (s).
Determines the optimal solutions devoid of search space reduction.
The rest of the paper is prepared the Formulation of the HPSOGA presented in Section II. The problem formulation is comprehensively discussed in Section III, while the test system are described in Section IV. Section V presents the tests, results, and discussion and the paper is concluded in Section VI.
HYBRID PSO WITH GA
Particle swarm optimization (PSO) is a population based technique that mimic the behavior of the birds or fish (called particles represented by dimensional vectors) in a swarm. In the search space, each particle changes position at certain rate. The particle familiarizes with this rate of change in position while swapping information over with its neighboring particles. Iteratively, each particle memorizes its best position and the overall best particle positions. The best particle position is saved as a best local position, which was assigned to a neighborhood particles, while the overall best particle position is saved as a best global position, which was assigned to all particles in the swarm. The major downside of PSO is that the swarm may converge earlier than expected. Due to the fast rate of information flow between particles, resulting in the creation of similar particles with a loss in diversity that increases the possibility of being trapped in local optima. The underlying principle behind PSO formulation can be found in [37, 25].
On the other hand, Genetic algorithm (GA) essentially a flexible heuristic search algorithm developed based on the evolutionary concept of natural selection and genetics. It applies a crossover operator by mating the parents (individuals) and a mutation operator that stochastically updates the individual contents to diversify generation of new offspring. The replacement (survival selection) is generational, that is, the parents are replaced systematically by the offspring. As a global search optimization technique, GA often skips local optimal solutions by reproducing solutions stochastically. The underlying principle behind GA formulation can be found in [37, 25].
The two algorithms are combined to form a hybrid algorithm. The fundamental concept behind the proposed HPSOGA algorithm is summarised as;
Initialize the values of the particle dimension P, constants of rate of velocity change; c1 and c2, crossover probability Pc, mutation probability Pm, partition number partno, number of particle in each partition m, number of solutions in each partition g and the maximum number of iterations maxitr.
Set the initial counting index, t = 0;
for 1 ≤ i ≤ P, do
Compute an initial population (X_i (t) ) arbitrarily.
Compute the fitness function of each set of variable, f((X_i ) );
end for
go to step 3.
Apply the standard particle swarm PSO algorithm on the whole population (X(t) ) ⃗;
Apply the GA selection operator on the entity of the population, (X(t) ) ;
Divide the population (X(t) ) to partno sub-partitions, where each sub-partition (X'(t) ) size is m×η;
for 1 ≤ i ≤ partno, do
Apply the arithmetic crossover on each sub-partition;
end for
Apply the GA mutation operator on the whole population( X(t) ) ;
Update the solutions in the population
Increase the iteration counter; Set t = t +1
until t > maxitr. {Termination criteria are satisfied};
Print out the best solution.
Problem Formulation
In this study, the HPSOGA is employed for determining the optimal DN reconfiguration and as well as the size and location of multiple RDG units in primary DNs simultaneously, while satisfying different technical constraints. While formulating the proposed technique, there are some assumptions made, as summarised below: -
Only single RDG unit can be allocated to each potential candidate bus. Thus, no bus in the DN can take more than one RDG unit.
The DNR as well as the RDG placement is assumed to be offline, as such rated load demands are used in the model as an alternative of time-varying demands.
Objective Function
The objectives of the proposed technique are to minimize the active PL, improve VP and enhance feeder LB. Thus, the objective function has three terms as formulated in (1).
The first part of the objective function depicts the power loss component obtained by normalizing the PL with its original value as expressed in (2),
where P_loss is the power loss experienced in the optimized DN, while P_loss^initial is its inherent power loss calculated as;
The second part of the objective function, f2 is reflects the component of the total voltage deviation, which when minimized, the VP improves. It is similarly obtained by normalizing its minimized value, V_dev with its initial value, V_(dev.)^initial.
The total inherent voltage deviation is computed as;
Vref,j is the nominal voltage magnitude of load bus j.
The third term of the objective function denotes for the LB component of the lines in the feeders, which is shown in (6) [2].
Where nl and nf are the total number of lines (branches) and feeders in the DN respectively. ψ, β and ξ are the weighing coefficients of the power loss, voltage deviation and LB components of the objective function respectively. Since there are different objectives to be satisfied simultaneously, after normalizing all the terms of the objectives, the weighing coefficients are chosen thoughtfully to avoid convergence problem.
Constraints
The proposed simultaneous DN reconfiguration and RDG units allocation in primary DNs is solved by considering the following constraints:
Voltage limit: the bus voltage magnitudes are constrained within lower and upper limits as in (7),
Maximum permissible line current carrying capacity: to avoid exceeding the current capacity of the branches, the current in kth branch, Ik is limited to a maximum permissible current, I_k^min as in (8),
Radial network structure (RNS),
To preserve the radial topology of the DN, no single loop is allowed in the network and at the same no islanded bus. This is represented as:
Power Flow Solutions
Load flow analysis is needed to get the initial voltages, powers and the rest of the parameters (2) - (11). DNs have radial structure, therefore its R/X ratio is quite high, as such have their admittance matrices are tri-diagonal matrices. Therefore, DNs are ill-conditioned, hence conventional load flow techniques are ineffective in analysing such networks. In this study, backward-forward sweeping technique is used.
Test Systems Description
To verify the efficacy of the proposed technique and its application to DNs, it is implemented on 16-bus (3-feeder), single feeder 33-bus and 69-bus IEEE test DNs.
The 16-bus DN has 3 feeders and radial topology with a total real and reactive loads of 28.125MW and 13.53MVAr on 12.65kV substation voltage respectively.
Fig. 1 Single line diagram of IEEE 16-bus DN
The branches linking two nodes has a sectionalizing switch for the nodes connected to the same feeder and a tie switch for the nodes linked to two distinct feeders as shown in Fig. 1. So, the network has a total of 3 tie switches and 14 sectionalizing switches are used in this system [38].
Fig. 2 Single line diagram of IEEE 33-bus DN
The second DN used in this work is 33-bus, single feeder radial DN with a total active and reactive load demand of 3.72MW and 2.30MVAr on 12.66kV respectively [6]. It has 37 branches, 32 sectionalizing switches and 5 tie switches as shown in Fig. 2.
A relatively bigger system with 69 buses, 73 branches and 5 tie switches, is also used. The DN has a total load demand of 3.80MW and 2.70MVAr. The single line diagram of the system is depicted in Fig. 3 [1].
Fig. 3 Single line diagram of IEEE 69-bus DN
Simulation Results and Discussions
The efficiency of the technique is ascertained on the abovementioned test systems. The improvement obtained in the specific objectives are expressed as the percentage of their respective original values.
16-bus, 3-feeder DN
The developed technique determined the optimal DNR by varying changing status of the switches and searching candidate buses for RDG placement and sizing to minimize the objective function while abiding by the rest of the constraints. The optimal DNR is obtained by closing s14 and s15 and opening s7 and s8 while maintaining s16 open as shown in Fig 4. While the optimal RDG location are buses 7, 10 and 12 with respective sizes of 0.31MW, 0.23MW and 0.18MW.
Fig. 4 Optimized single line diagram of 16-bus DN
With reconfiguration alone, the power loss is found to be reduced by 8.89% of the total loss established to be 514.0293kW. The voltage deviation reduced by 12.33% of its inherent value of 0.2140 pu. While the LB index is reduced from 56.42 to 49.66. However, when the DNR and RDG placement are carried out simultaneously, further improvement is observed in the VP, loss reduction and LB as summarized in Table 1.
Parameters | Initial | Reconfigured | Reconfigured with RDG |
Tie switches | 14, 15, 16 | 7, 8, 16 | ---- |
RDG location (Size) | ---- | ---- | bus7 (0.31MW), bus10 (0.23MW), bus12(0.18MW) |
514.0293 kW | 468.3304 kW | 396.83kW | |
---- | 8.89 % | 22.8% | |
0.2140 pu | 0.1876 pu | 0.158pu | |
---- | 12.33% | 26.41% | |
56.42 | 48.66 | 40.54 | |
---- | 13.75% | 28.15% | |
Min. Voltage | 0.9662 pu | 0.9720 pu | 0.9896pu |
33-bus single-feeder DN
In this case, the optimal DNR is obtained opening the switches s33 – s37 while closing s7, s11, s14, s28 and s32 as shown in Fig. 6. Similarly, the optimal locations of the RDG are found to be bus 14, 28 and 33 with sizes of 0.22MW, 0.30MW and 0.24 respectively.
Fig. 6 Optimized configuration of 33-bus test system
As result of this reconfiguration, the power loss is found to be reduced by 32.84% of the total inherent losses while the voltage deviation reduced by 37.97% of the initial deviation established to be 1.6610 pu, better than those obtained in [14].
By varying the status of the switches during the reconfiguration has significantly improve the VP of the neighbouring buses. From Fig. 5, it can be seen that voltages of bus 10, 11 and 14 have greatly improved due to changes in s7, s8 and s15 respectively. While the voltage magnitudes of bus 1 – 3 remain constant because they are the feeder buses. It can also be observed that bus 12 has the lowest voltage magnitude, due to its remoteness from the substation and heavy load demand.
With the RDG units placement, less power is transmitted along the branches implying less power loss and relieved feeder loading as summarised in Table 2.
By studying the system voltage profile, it can be seen that voltage magnitudes of bus 1, 2 and 19 remain the same before and after reconfiguration and RDG placement. This is due to their proximity to the main substation. Conversely, the voltage magnitudes of bus 20 – 23 have reduced following the reconfiguration. This is because of closing s33 and s35 thereby transferring loads on bus 8 – 18 and 33 to the same feeder.
Parameters | Initial | Reconfigured | Reconfigured with RDG |
Tie switches | 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 | 7, 11, 14, 28, 32 | ---- |
RDG location (Size) | ---- | ---- | Bus14 (0.22MW), bus28 (0.30MW), bus33 (0.24MW) |
210.89 kW | 141.63kW | 102.66kW | |
---- | 32.84% | 51.32% | |
1.7720 pu | 1.0991 pu | 08180 | |
---- | 37.97% | 53.84% | |
67.71 | 44.27 | 29.54 | |
---- | 34.62% | 56.33% | |
Min. Voltage | 0.9108 pu | 0.9413 pu | 0.9624 |
Fig. 7 Optimized 33-bus test system voltage profile
69-bus, Single f test system
Despite the size of this system, the algorithm is capable of determining the optimal DNR and RDG locations and sizes concurrently for the minimization of the objective function subject to maintaining the radial network structure and the rest of the constraints. The optimal DNR is achieved by closing s71, s72 and s73 and opening s14, s58 and s61 while keeping s69 and s70 open as shown in Fig 8. Likewise, the optimal locations of the RDG are found to be bus 14, 35 and 63, with sizes of 0.44MW, 0.53MW and 0.61MW respectively. The performance improvement obtained after the optimal DNR and simultaneous DNR and RDG placement are summarized in Table 3.
Parameters | Initial | Reconfigured | Reconfigured with RDG |
Tie switches | 69, 70, 71, 72, 73 | 14, 58, 61, 69, 70 | ---- |
RDG location (Size) | ---- | ---- | Bus14 (0.44MW), bus35 (0.53MW), bus63 (0.61MW) |
224.9804 kW | 151.07kW | 120.88kW | |
---- | 32.84 % | 46.27% | |
0.2140 pu | 0.1876 pu | 0.1585pu | |
---- | 12.33% | 25.92% | |
82.25 | 62.48 | 52.12 | |
---- | 24.03% | 36.65% | |
Min. Voltage | 0.9062 pu | 0.9495 pu | 0.9820 |
Fig. 8 Optimized configuration of 69 bus test system
Fig. 9 Optimized 69-bus test system voltage profile.
As result of this reconfiguration, the power loss, voltage deviation and LB are found to be reduced by 32.84 %, 12.33% and 24.03% of their respective inherent values. This improvement is much better than that obtained in [19, 20]. Additional significant improvement is observed in the objectives after the optimal placement of the RDGs.
By inspecting the voltage profile shown in Fig 9, voltage magnitudes of buses 41 – 46 as has reduced significantly. This is caused as result of transferring some loads from middle feeder; loads at buses 15 – 27 and buses 62 – 65 to the feeder containing affect buses. For the same reason, voltages at bus 49 and 50 after reconfiguration is less than that before the configuration. Contrariwise, the voltage magnitudes of buses 1 – 6 and buses 28 – 46 remain unchanged after reconfiguring the system and placing the RDG units due to their proximity to the main feeder/substation.
Conclusion
In this study, a hybrid of Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) and real-coded Genetic Algorithm (GA) techniques is employed for DN reconfiguration and optimal allocation of three RDG units in primary DNs simultaneously. The objectives of the proposed technique are to minimize real power loss, improvement of voltage profile and feeder load balancing. For validation purpose, the proposed technique is implemented on 16-bus (3-feeder), single feeder 33-bus and 69-bus IEEE test DNs. It is implemented in MATLAB interfaced with MATPOWER simulation packages. From the simulation result, the technique is capable of reconfiguring the networks effectively, determined the optimal locations and sizes of three RDG units thereby minimizing the objectives. With the optimal RDG placement and reconfiguration, the radial structure is preserved in all the scenarios, no loop is formed. Despite the size of 69 bus system, the result obtained is quite appreciable. It is observed the reduction in PL, improvement in VP and LB are found to be 32.84%, 12.33% and 24.03% with respect to inherent values in the biggest system when the system is reconfigured only. With the optimized RDGs placed in the reconfigured systems, a further reductions of 46.27%, 25.92% and 36.65% are observed respectively.
It is envisioned as future work to carry out the optimal DNR and RDG allocation dynamically/online while maximizing the penetration level of the RDG units.
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