Characterisation of the reactive power capability of diverse distributed generators: Toward an optimisation approach

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Title: Characterisation of the reactive power capability of diverse distributed generators: Toward an optimisation approach
Authors: Cuffe, Paul
Smith, Paul
Keane, Andrew
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Date: Jul-2012
Abstract: The highly renewable power system cannot assume the ubiquity and constant availability of synchronous plant. For this reason, the provision of ancillary services must shift to renewable generators, concomitant with their rising penetration levels. This work will focus on one aspect of this challenge: the provision of reactive power from distributed generation. As such resources become increasingly important, their incorporation into transmission system operation and planning activities becomes vital. To that end, a capability characterisation appears useful, delineating the range of controllable reactive power available for a given power flow onto a section of distribution network. Work to date has used time series techniques to provide a proxy to this type of capability chart. Distribution system optimisation techniques offer the potential for a more rigorous and general-purpose characterisation methodology. This work will set out how such an optimisation problem may be formulated, and will provide some initial results and validations.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Copyright (published version): 2012 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Keywords: distributed generation;voltage control;transmission planning;distribution planning;optimisation
DOI: 10.1109/PESGM.2012.6345035
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: 2012 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting. New Energy Horizons - Opportunities and Challenges, San Diego, CA
Appears in Collections:ERC Research Collection
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