Tuning of controllers in power systems using a heuristic-stochastic approach

Humberto Verdejo*, Rodrigo Torres, Victor Pino, Wolfgang Kliemann, Cristhian Becker, José Delpiano

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A method is proposed to fit parameters of Power System Stabilizer controllers in electromechanical multimachine power systems. The use of the Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm II heuristic method and Tabu search is considered to be initial search criteria. These methods give an approximation of the values that define the controllers. Then, the stochastic approach was used to evaluate the behavior of the parameters found when considering the system s response to the presence of random and self-sustained in-time disturbances that affect the response of the system under steady state. The stochastic approach allows the evaluation of the system s response through the calculation of the cost of energy loss under steady state. The method is applied to two systems: a three-machine nine-busbar system, and the Interconnected System of the Greater North (Sistema Interconectado del Norte Grande) in Chile. For these systems, the proposed methodology effectively optimized the controllers and Tabu search was shown to have a better performance than the Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm II.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2325
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments: This research was funded by Project FONDECYT 1180685 (Comision Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica Chile). J.D. thankfully acknowledges funding from the Advanced Center of Electrical and Electronic Engineering AC3E (CONICYT/FB0008) and from Fondo de Ayuda a la Investigacion (FAI), Universidad de los Andes, INV-IN-2017-05.

Funding Information:
Funding: This research was funded by FONDECYT grant number 1180685, CONICYT grant FB0008, University of Santiago USA 1899 - Vridei 091913VF-PAP and UANDES-FAI grant INV-IN-2017-05.

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  • Heuristic search
  • Power system stability
  • Power system stabilizer
  • Stochastic system


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