A Novel Methodology to Determine the Maximum PV Penetration in Distribution Networks

Mohammad Zain Ul Abideen, Omar Ellabban, Shady S. Refaat, Haitham Abu-Rub, Luluwah Al-Fagih

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Abstract

Recently, there has been an increase in the interest surrounding the integration of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the low voltage (LV) distribution network. This is due to many benefits, such as low generation costs, high efficiency, scalability, etc. However, large PV penetration at the distribution network can cause voltage levels to rise beyond the acceptable limits of the grid codes. Large amount of losses can also occur due to the reverse power flow resulting from the high penetration level of distributed PV generation units integrated into the distribution network. In this paper, a novel methodology based on a gradual increase in the PV penetration level is presented to determine the maximum PV penetration level in the LV distribution networks. PV penetration is defined as the ratio of the peak PV active generation to the peak active demand of the load. The IEEE European LV test feeder has been used as a test case to validate the proposed methodology. Real PV and load data, from residential customers in Ausgrid's electricity network, New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has been used to generate seasonal and worst-case PV generation and load profiles. The PV penetration in the network is increased to find the levels at which the voltage violations occur. PV penetration level with the minimum losses throughout the year is considered as the maximum acceptable level. Various analyses of real data have been used to find the optimal maximum level of PV penetration at the distribution network level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2nd International Conference on Smart Grid and Renewable Energy, SGRE 2019 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728129600
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
Event2nd International Conference on Smart Grid and Renewable Energy, SGRE 2019 - Doha, Qatar
Duration: 19 Nov 201921 Nov 2019

Publication series

Name2nd International Conference on Smart Grid and Renewable Energy, SGRE 2019 - Proceedings

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Smart Grid and Renewable Energy, SGRE 2019
CountryQatar
CityDoha
Period19/11/1921/11/19

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Keywords

  • Case study
  • Distribution network
  • IEEE European LV test feeder
  • Low Voltage (LV) level
  • PV penetration limit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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Ul Abideen, M. Z., Ellabban, O., Refaat, S. S., Abu-Rub, H., & Al-Fagih, L. (2019). A Novel Methodology to Determine the Maximum PV Penetration in Distribution Networks. In 2nd International Conference on Smart Grid and Renewable Energy, SGRE 2019 - Proceedings [9020948] (2nd International Conference on Smart Grid and Renewable Energy, SGRE 2019 - Proceedings). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/SGRE46976.2019.9020948