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Title: Integration of active network management into the distribution control room environment
Author: Hay, Stephanie Louise
ISNI:       0000 0004 2744 1631
Awarding Body: University of Strathclyde
Current Institution: University of Strathclyde
Date of Award: 2012
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The way in which distribution networks are operated and managed from the control room is changing as a result of a number of external factors, most prominently the mounting interest in renewable generation technologies and growing trends of connecting small scale generation plants at distribution level voltages in decentralised locations. Growing interest in distributed generation (DG) presents a challenge to the validity of existing distribution control room procedures and supporting tools. To accommodate large penetrations of DG, a more active approach to control is necessary and extensive research and development is currently underway in this area. Active network management (ANM) is one of the enabling strategies that will allow DG to connect, whilst potentially postponing the need for costly and time consuming network reinforcements and upgrades, by operating the network closer to its limits through real-time monitoring and control of system parameters. Parameters such as power flow and voltage, and embedded resources such as responsive demand and DG can all be controlled in a more active manner such that network resources can be used more efficiently. The management of future active distribution networks is a concern as such changes will impact the control room in various ways. This thesis describes the changes that will occur on networks and how they will affect the control room in different ways, as well as the uncertainties associated with DG and ANM deployment. A Control Room Demonstration Suite (CoRDS) provides a comprehensive view of future networks and their operational issues, allowing preparatory measures to be taken by Distribution Network Operators (DNO). The CoRDS is also used to study the required behavioural changes of distribution control engineers in the way they will interact with ANM schemes.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral