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Electricity distribution network optimisation has attracted attention in recent years due to the widespread penetration of distributed generation. A considerable portion of network optimisation algorithms rely on an initial solution that is supposed to bypass the time-consuming steps of optimisation routines. The aim of this paper is to present a nature inspired algorithm for initial network generation. Based on slime mold behaviour, the algorithm can generate a large-scale network in a reasonable computation time. A mathematical formulation and parameter exploration of the slime mold algorithm are presented. Slime mold networks resemble a relaxed minimum spanning tree with better balance between the investment and loss costs of a distribution network. Results indicate lower total costs for suburban and urban networks.
- Distribution Network Planning
- Initial Network
- Physarum Polycephalum
- Slime Mold