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Experimental Validation of Peer-to-Peer Distributed Voltage Control System

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Departement Elektrotechniek, KU Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
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EnergyVille Research Center, Thor Park 8310, 3600 Genk, Belgium
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Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu, Finland
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Energies 2018, 11(5), 1304; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11051304
Received: 18 April 2018 / Revised: 8 May 2018 / Accepted: 16 May 2018 / Published: 20 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Methods and Concepts for Designing and Validating Smart Grid Systems)
This paper presents experimental validation of a distributed optimization-based voltage control system. The dual-decomposition method is used in this paper to solve the voltage optimization problem in a fully distributed way. Device-to-device communication is implemented to enable peer-to-peer data exchange between agents of the proposed voltage control system. The paper presents the design, development and hardware setup of a laboratory-based testbed used to validate the performance of the proposed dual-decomposition-based peer-to-peer voltage control. The architecture of the setup consists of four layers: microgrid, control, communication, and monitoring. The key question motivating this research was whether distributed voltage control systems are a technically effective alternative to centralized ones. The results discussed in this paper show that distributed voltage control systems can indeed provide satisfactory regulation of the voltage profiles. View Full-Text
Keywords: peer-to-peer; distributed control; device-to-device communication; voltage control; experimentation peer-to-peer; distributed control; device-to-device communication; voltage control; experimentation
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Almasalma, H.; Claeys, S.; Mikhaylov, K.; Haapola, J.; Pouttu, A.; Deconinck, G. Experimental Validation of Peer-to-Peer Distributed Voltage Control System. Energies 2018, 11, 1304.

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