The Long-Term Planning of Large Scale Link Distribution Networks in Focus - Improving Serviceability

M. Skok, Z. Zmijarevic, and S. Krajcar (Croatia)


Power Distribution, Power System Planning, Urban Areas, Large Scale Link Distribution Networks, GIS, Genetic Algorithm


Most electricity service interruptions are due to the failures in the distribution network. In the competitive market service quality and reliability have become an essential part of the business. In order to enhance the serviceability in the distribution system genetic algorithm and GIS based method is proposed in this article for planning the link distribution networks. All practical issues such as cost parameters (investments, line losses, maintenance), and technical constraints (voltage drop, thermal limit, reliability) as well as physical routing constraints (obstacles, high cost passages, existing line sections) are taken into consideration. The effectiveness of the algorithm is illustrated for “real world” study case.

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