Value of Distribution Network Reconfiguration in Presence of Renewable Energy Resources

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  • Mohammad Reza Dorostkar-Ghamsari
  • Mahmud Fotuhi-Firuzabad
  • Matti Lehtonen

  • Amir Safdarian

Research units

  • Sharif University of Technology


Proliferation of renewable energy resources in distribution networks has captured distribution companies' attention towards more active management tools. Thanks to the smart grid paradigm, hourly network reconfiguration, which is still among immature ideas, can bring the activeness required to handle fluctuating output of renewable resources. The aim of this study is to analyze the worthiness of the hourly reconfiguration in the presence of renewable energy resources. For doing so, a mathematical model is devised to minimize daily network losses via applying hourly reconfigurations. The model is a mixed integer second-order cone programming problem and is solved via MOSEK solver. The electrical demand variations as well as renewable power generation fluctuations during a day are taken into account. The proposed method is applied to the Baran 33-bus system and the results including a great deal of sensitivity analyses on key parameters are presented and discussed.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1879-1888
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Distribution network reconfiguration, renewable power generation, second-order cone programming, DISTRIBUTION-SYSTEMS, LOSS REDUCTION, LOSS MINIMIZATION, DISTRIBUTION FEEDERS, ALGORITHM, GENERATION, MODELS, OPTIMIZATION

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