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Title: Modelling, evaluation and demonstration of novel active voltage control schemes to accomodate distributed generation in distribution networks
Author: Fila, Maciej
ISNI:       0000 0004 2703 2467
Awarding Body: Brunel University
Current Institution: Brunel University
Date of Award: 2010
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Voltage control in distribution networks is becoming more challenging due to the growing amount of distributed generation that is being connected to the distribution networks in addition to increasing load. The output of the distributed generation can radically change power flows and voltage profiles in distribution networks, creating conditions that adversely affect the performance of automatic voltage control schemes and in addition cause unacceptable voltage rise. On the other hand, inherent limitations and current operational policies of AVC schemes very often restrict the output of DG or even prevent its connection. This thesis investigates and analyses voltage control in terms of the shift from passive to active distribution networks. The thesis also reviews the performance of AVC schemes under varying load and generation output conditions, investigates effective utilisation of distribution network assets and methods to accommodate active voltage control schemes into existing infrastructure. A range of active voltage control and management schemes based on coordinated voltage control is presented and assessed. These schemes can be used to improve the voltage profile in distribution networks and increase their ability to accommodate distributed generation. The functionality of each scheme is assessed based on a number of factors such as the ability of the scheme to increase network capacity, reliability and accuracy. Simulation software to accurately evaluate the performance of an active voltage control scheme in a particular distribution network scenario is essential before the scheme can be deployed. Formal assessment of advanced AVC models and SuperTAPP n+ functionality is performed using simulation software as developed and presented in this thesis. The accuracy of the software results and performance of the SuperTAPP n+ scheme is validated based on network trials carried out in EDF Energy Networks.
Supervisor: Taylor, G. A. ; Irving, M. R. Sponsor: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) ; EDF Energy Networks
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Voltage control ; Active network management ; Distributed generation