Improving the energy efficiency of an islanded distribution network using classical and innovative computation methods

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Abstract

The paper presents the analysis of some potentially suitable actions for reducing the energy losses of an islanded Medium Voltage distribution network, with the aim of improving electricity distribution efficiency. For this purpose, four actions are considered: 1) increasing the network's rated voltage; 2) reactive power compensation through static capacitor banks; 3) reactive power compensation through switchable capacitor banks; 4) installation of distributed photovoltaic (PV) generation. The first two measures are typically taken into account by the distribution system operators and can be examined by means of classical design methods, whereas the latter two more innovative actions are tested here using specialized software based on the NSGA-II multi-objective optimization algorithm. The fourth action, expanding distributed PV generation, can be motivated through public or private incentives. It is investigated here using an innovative approach to the optimization problem formulation considering the perspectives of both the utility and the consumer. A case study on a small Mediterranean island real existing network is also presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-66
Number of pages9
JournalUtilities Policy
Volume40
Publication statusPublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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