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Energies 2015, 8(6), 6013-6032; doi:10.3390/en8066013

Congestion Control Algorithm in Distribution Feeders: Integration in a Distribution Management System

Department of Electrical Energy, Systems & Automation, Ghent University, Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 913, 9052 Gent, Belgium
Eandis, Guldensporenpark 52, 9820 Merelbeke, Belgium
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Academic Editor: Josep M. Guerrero
Received: 11 February 2015 / Revised: 22 March 2015 / Accepted: 8 June 2015 / Published: 18 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microgrids)
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The increasing share of distributed energy resources poses a challenge to the distribution network operator (DNO) to maintain the current availability of the system while limiting the investment costs. Related to this, there is a clear trend in DNOs trying to better monitor their grid by installing a distribution management system (DMS). This DMS enables the DNOs to remotely switch their network or better localize and solve faults. Moreover, the DMS can be used to centrally control the grid assets. Therefore, in this paper, a control strategy is discussed that can be implemented in the DMS for solving current congestion problems posed by the increasing share of renewables in the grid. This control strategy controls wind turbines in order to avoid congestion while mitigating the required investment costs in order to achieve a global cost-efficient solution. Next to the application and objective of the control, the parameter tuning of the control algorithm is discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: distributed generation; congestion problems; medium-voltage networks; curtailment; flexibility distributed generation; congestion problems; medium-voltage networks; curtailment; flexibility

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Vandoorn, T.L.; Van de Vyver, J.; Gevaert, L.; Degroote, L.; Vandevelde, L. Congestion Control Algorithm in Distribution Feeders: Integration in a Distribution Management System. Energies 2015, 8, 6013-6032.

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