Increasing the PV Hosting Capacity in Unbalanced Three-Phase Distribution Networks Through Reconfiguration with Closed-Loop Operation

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This article presents a novel mixed-integer nonlinear linear programming (MINLP) model to increase the photovoltaic (PV) hosting capacity in unbalanced three-phase electrical distribution systems. The problem considers the optimal operation of capacitor banks and network reconfiguration with radial and closed-loop operation. The objective function maximizes the PV hosting capacity of the system. A set of linearization strategies are employed to convert the presented MINLP model into a mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) problem. By considering the MILP formulation, optimality is guaranteed by using off-the-shelf optimization solvers. Several tests are carried out using a 25-node unbalanced three-phase distribution system. When examining network reconfiguration with radial and closed-loop operation, the results demonstrate that the proposed formulation is effective in increasing the penetration of PV sources.



Closed-loop operation, hosting capacity, mixed-integer linear programming, network reconfiguration, unbalanced three-phase electrical distribution networks

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21st IEEE International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering and 2021 5th IEEE Industrial and Commercial Power System Europe, EEEIC / I and CPS Europe 2021 - Proceedings.