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Energies 2016, 9(7), 537; doi:10.3390/en9070537

Reliability Analysis of Distribution Systems with Photovoltaic Generation Using a Power Flow Simulator and a Parallel Monte Carlo Approach

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona 08028, Spain
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Received: 21 March 2016 / Revised: 30 June 2016 / Accepted: 30 June 2016 / Published: 13 July 2016
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This paper presents a Monte Carlo approach for reliability assessment of distribution systems with distributed generation using parallel computing. The calculations are carried out with a royalty-free power flow simulator, OpenDSS (Open Distribution System Simulator). The procedure has been implemented in an environment in which OpenDSS is driven from MATLAB. The test system is an overhead distribution system represented by means of a three-phase model that includes protective devices. The paper details the implemented procedure, which can be applied to systems with or without distributed generation, includes an illustrative case study and summarizes the results derived from the analysis of the test system during one year. The goal is to evaluate the test system performance considering different scenarios with different level of system automation and reconfiguration, and assess the impact that distributed photovoltaic generation can have on that performance. Several reliability indices, including those related to the impact of distributed generation, are obtained for every scenario. View Full-Text
Keywords: distributed generation; distribution system; Monte Carlo method; parallel computation; photovoltaic generation; reliability; system reconfiguration distributed generation; distribution system; Monte Carlo method; parallel computation; photovoltaic generation; reliability; system reconfiguration
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Martinez-Velasco, J.A.; Guerra, G. Reliability Analysis of Distribution Systems with Photovoltaic Generation Using a Power Flow Simulator and a Parallel Monte Carlo Approach. Energies 2016, 9, 537.

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