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Coordination of single-phase rooftop pvs in unbalanced three-phase residential feeders for voltage profiles improvement

Safitri, N., Shahnia, F.ORCID: 0000-0002-8434-0525 and Masoum, M.A.S. (2015) Coordination of single-phase rooftop pvs in unbalanced three-phase residential feeders for voltage profiles improvement. Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 13 (2). pp. 77-90.

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Installation of single-phase rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems in low-voltage (LV) distribution networks is gaining increasing popularity in many countries including Australia. However, installation of rooftop PVs in residential feeders without controlling their ratings and locations may deteriorate the overall grid performance including power flows, losses and voltage profiles. Therefore, in recent years, the utilities have adopted limitations on the maximum allowable number of PVs in LV networks. To overcome these issues, this study proposes an intelligent and communicatoon-based voltage profile regulating technique which is composed of three different steps. This technique relies on the availibility of smart meters at the buses. The first objective of the method was to minimise voltage rise along the feeder by reducing the voltage at secondary side of distribution transformer. This is achieved by utilizing a distribution transformer with on load tap changing capability and a master controller located at the transformer. The algorithm also considers reactive power exchange and active power curtailment by the inverters of the single-phase rooftop PVs as the main steps for voltage profile regulation, as second objectives. The effectiveness and limitations of the proposed intelligent method are also investigated in this study with the help of MATLAB-based simulation studies.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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