A demand response framework to overcome network overloading in power distribution networks

Muhammad Jibran, Hasan Arshad Nasir, Faran Ahmed Qureshi, Usman Ali, Colin Jones

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This paper considers the problem of network overloading in the power distribution networks of Pakistan, often resulting from the inability of the transmission system to transfer power from source to end-user during peak loads. This results in frequent power-outages and consumers at such times have to rely on alternative energy sources, e.g. Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) systems with batteries to meet their basic demand. In this paper, we propose a demand response framework to eliminate the problem of network overloading. The flexibility provided by the batteries at different houses connected to the same grid node is exploited by scheduling the flow of power from mains and batteries and altering the charging-discharging patterns of the batteries, thereby avoiding network overloading and any tripping of the grid node. This is achieved by casting the problem in an optimal control setting based on a prediction of power demand at a grid node and then solving it using a model predictive control strategy. We present a case study to demonstrate the application and efficacy of our proposed framework.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIFAC-PapersOnLine
PublisherElsevier BV
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2020

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