Evaluation of voltage control approaches for future smart distribution networks

Pengfei Wang, Jialiang Yi*, Mansoureh Zangiabadi, Pádraig Lyons, Phil Taylor

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This paper evaluates meta-heuristic and deterministic approaches for distribution network voltage control. As part of this evaluation, a novel meta-heuristic algorithm, Cuckoo Search, is applied for distribution network voltage control and compared with a deterministic voltage control algorithm, the oriented discrete coordinate decent method (ODCDM). ODCDM has been adopted in a state-of-the-art industrial product and applied in real distribution networks. These two algorithms have been evaluated under a set of test cases, which were generated to represent the voltage control problems in current and future distribution networks. Sampled test results have been presented, and findings have been discussed regarding the adoption of different optimization algorithms for current and future distribution networks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1138
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

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  • Deterministic And Metaheuristic Optimization Algorithms
  • Renewable Energy Integration
  • Voltage Control

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