Distribution Network Capacity Assessment: Incorporating Harmonic Distortion Limits

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The capacity of distributed generation (DG) connected in distribution networks is increasing as part of the drive to connect renewable energy sources. Due to widespread application of power electronic inverter interfaces, DG can inject harmonic current through the point of common connection into the upstream network. Harmonic current emission may cause voltage distortion problems when harmonic resonance exists in the network. Harmonic distortion is one area of concern for electric utilities in determining whether DG could be connected, although there are differences in utility practices in applying limits. To explore the impact of harmonic regulations on the ability of distribution networks to host DG, this work incorporates harmonic voltage constraints into an established optimal power flow (OPF) planning method. The case study shows that harmonic distortion limits have substantial impacts on the allowable penetration of DG. Furthermore, the complex interconnectivity between DG locations means that voltage, thermal and harmonic constraints have a large influence on the location preference for DG capacity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPower and Energy Society General Meeting, 2012 IEEE
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages1 - 7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4673-2728-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-2727-5
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2012
EventPower and Energy Society General Meeting, 2012 IEEE - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 22 Jul 201226 Jul 2012


ConferencePower and Energy Society General Meeting, 2012 IEEE
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


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