Ask Your Question

Optimal Capacitor Placement

asked 2015-05-23 09:58:03 -0500

kuchow gravatar image

I have 50 caps to be distributed in a 5000 bus network. How to choose the optimal capacitor placement to improve voltage profile using PSS/E?

edit retag flag offensive close merge delete

3 answers

Sort by » oldest newest most voted

answered 2015-05-25 21:37:03 -0500

jconto gravatar image

A QV study under contingency will identify buses with reactive power deficiencies. Grouping those buses within a geographical area, wil make the sink area(s) in a PV study (against the rest of the system) to verify/identify voltage collapse conditions under contingency. Modal analysis of the worst scenarios would verify if the number of buses participating in the voltage collapse is large (system voltage collapse) or small (local voltage collapse). Capacitors can be place at those buses with higest participation factor (from modal analysis) and their sizes will be enough to eliminate the voltage collapse outcome or sufficient to provide additional voltage stability margin.

To place dynamic reactive devices, similar tests can be performed with dynamic simulations under fault/contingency.

edit flag offensive delete link more


Probably the best he could do but remember such trial-and-error approach is never optimal. Also note that his objective is to improve system voltage profile not maximising voltage collapse margins.

sheng gravatar imagesheng ( 2015-05-25 22:37:58 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-05-25 20:23:21 -0500

Cao Huy gravatar image

updated 2015-05-25 20:25:01 -0500

It's might be not the optimal solution, but I think you should consider buses with low voltage profiles first.

Then, according to your size and type of capacitors, you determine the position to place them (like in the load-end buses or buses with many interconnections). Load flow solution will show how effective your placements are.

edit flag offensive delete link more

answered 2015-05-24 07:43:32 -0500

sheng gravatar image

This is a very difficult problem to solve. Theoretically the best solution would be to employ an OPF algorithm with its objective being voltage profile improvement, and its control variables being the locations of capacitor placement.

However I don't think any of the available OPF objectives in PSSE is suitable for your use. Even if there is one, control variables still won't suit your problem.

Rewriting an OPF algorithm using Python for the dimension of your problem (5000 bus) is probably out of question as it involves deriving complicated Hessian matrices.

You could run numerous load flows to check impacts of different placements, i.e. trial-and-error type approach, but it won't be optimal.

edit flag offensive delete link more

Your Answer

Please start posting anonymously - your entry will be published after you log in or create a new account.

Add Answer

[hide preview]

Question Tools

1 follower


Asked: 2015-05-23 09:58:03 -0500

Seen: 1,452 times

Last updated: May 25 '15