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Reactive Power Planning with Voltage Stability Constraints for Increasing Cross-Border Transmission Capacity
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electric Power Systems.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this work Reactive Power Planning (RPP) is studied. It is the method which aims at locating reactive compensators of optimal size at an optimal location in order to achieve or optimize a certain objective. In this work, the reactive compensators are placed in such away that they keep the voltages in a grid longer stable and within an acceptable range of values while power flows through the grid. Usually, this power flow disturbs the voltages. The RPP was applied in this work in order to allow a larger power flow from one grid area to another grid area. The first area is called the Source area and it contains generators which can produce power at a cheap price. The second area is called the Sink area and it is willing to import this cheap power so that it has to produce less power by itself. The two areas are connected to each other with a tie-line, which has a certain capacity (called Net Transfer Capacity or NTC). The capacity is restricted by stability requirements: exceeding the capacity would cause voltages to become unstable in either of the two grid areas. Installing reactive power compensators allows to increase the capacity of the line, keeping the voltages stable when the power flow over the tie-line increases. Reactive Power Planning therefore has an economic benefit, and different methods to optimize it will be investigated in this work. This work is divided into three parts.

In the first part the relationship is studied between reactive power compensation on the one hand and the increase of the NTC of the tie-line on the other hand. The grid which is used to illustrate this is the Swedish grid, connected to the grids of Denmark and Finland. It is observed that not only increasing the loads can lead to voltage instability in the grid, but that voltage problems can also arise within the Swedish grid from the exchange of power,owing through the Swedish grid, between its neighbouring countries. It is shown that reactive power compensation is a technique which can potentially increase the NTC-value of the tie-lines between Sweden and Denmark and between Sweden and Finland. Depending on where the reactive power compensators are installed, the NTC increases with different values. In the next two parts however, we focus on the economic analysis of the reactive power compensation. In these two parts, an Optimal Power Flow (OPF) problem is designed, leading to the optimal placement and choice of the reactive power compensators. The optimal compensators increase the NTC so that the benefit of the decreased cost of power generationin the Sink area is maximized with respect to the cost of the reactive compensators. The difference between these two parts is in the algorithms that are applied for solving the OPF.

In the second part a heuristic method based on a Genetic Algorithm (GA), NSGA-II, is used to optimize this benefit. The reason why first a heuristic method is used is that the NTC of the tie-line cannot be expressed as an analytical, closed-form function of the reactive power ratings. Therefore, a heuristic optimization method is chosen to solve the OPF and the algorithm NSGA-II is used because of its good convergence properties and ease of implementation. However, the algorithm is also able to perform multi-objective optimization and this ability is used to optimize both the economic benefit and the voltage stability index of the Sink area. It is seen that there is a trade-off between voltage stability and economic benefit and it is up to the grid operators to make choices regarding this trade-off.

In the third part of this work a mathematical method is used to maximize the economic benefit of the Sink area with respect to the cost of the reactive compensators. As much as possible mathematical expressions will be used in this part. As the NTC cannot be expressed as a closed-form function, some approximations need to be made. Two methods were proposed to approximate the NTC: approximation by piecewise linear functions and by polynomials obtained with statistical regression. This mathematical method leads to a Voltage Stability Constrained OPF (VSCOPF). It is programmed in GAMS and formulated as a Mixed-Integer Non-Linear Programming problem (MINLP).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 134 p.
EES Examensarbete / Master Thesis, XR-EE-EPS 2015:008
National Category
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-170831OAI: diva2:840345
Educational program
Master of Science - Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering
Available from: 2015-08-19 Created: 2015-07-07 Last updated: 2015-08-19Bibliographically approved

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