Coordinated control of automated devices and photovoltaic generators for voltage rise mitigation in power distribution circuits

Jung J., ÖNEN A., Arghandeh R., Broadwater R. P.

RENEWABLE ENERGY, vol.66, pp.532-540, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 66
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.renene.2013.12.039
  • Journal Name: RENEWABLE ENERGY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.532-540
  • Keywords: Power distribution control, Coordinated control, Reactive power control, Voltage control, Centralized control, PV generation, DISTRIBUTION-SYSTEMS, ENERGY-STORAGE
  • Abdullah Gül University Affiliated: No


A coordinating, model-centric control strategy for mitigating voltage rise problems due to photovoltaic (PV) penetration into power distribution circuits is presented. The coordinating control objective is to maintain an optimum circuit voltage distribution and voltage schedule, where the optimum circuit operation is determined without PV generation on the circuit. In determining the optimum circuit voltage distribution and voltage schedule, the control strategy schedules utility controls, such as switched capacitor banks and voltage regulators, separate from PV inverter controls. Optimization addresses minimizing circuit losses and motion of utility controls. The coordinating control action provides control set-points to the PV inverters that are a function of the circuit loading or time-of-day and also the location of the PV inverter. Three PV penetration scenarios are considered, 10%, 20%, and 30%. Baselines with and without coordinating controls for circuit performance without PV generation are established, and these baselines are compared against the three PV penetration scenarios with and without coordinating control. Simulation results are compared and differences in voltage variations and circuit losses are considered along with differences in utility control motion. Results show that the coordinating control can solve the voltage rise problem while minimizing circuit losses and reducing utility control motion. The coordinating control will work with existing PV inverter controls that accept control set-points without having to modify the inverter controls. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.