Efficient algorithm for locating and sizing series compensation devices in large power transmission grids: II. Solutions and applications

Vladimir Frolov, Scott Backhaus, Misha Chertkov

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Abstract

In a companion manuscript (Frolov et al 2014 New J. Phys. 16 art. no.) , we developed a novel optimization method for the placement, sizing, and operation of flexible alternating current transmission system (FACTS) devices to relieve transmission network congestion. Specifically, we addressed FACTS that provide series compensation (SC) via modification of line inductance. In this sequel manuscript, this heuristic algorithm and its solutions are explored on a number of test cases: a 30-bus test network and a realistically-sized model of the Polish grid (∼2700 nodes and ∼3300 lines). The results from the 30-bus network are used to study the general properties of the solutions, including nonlocality and sparsity. The Polish grid is used to demonstrate the computational efficiency of the heuristics that leverage sequential linearization of power flow constraints, and cutting plane methods that take advantage of the sparse nature of the SC placement solutions. Using these approaches, we can use the algorithm to solve a Polish transmission grid in tens of seconds. We explore the utility of the algorithm by analyzing transmission networks congested by (i) uniform load growth, (ii) multiple overloaded configurations, and (iii) sequential generator retirements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105016
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Volume16
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 24 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Nonconvex optimization
  • Power compensation devices
  • Power system transmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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