Deep Learning for Power System Security Assessment

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Security assessment is among the most fundamental functions of power system operator. The sheer complexity of power systems exceeding a few buses, however, makes it an extremely computationally demanding task. The emergence of deep learning methods that are able to handle immense amounts of data, and infer valuable information appears as a promising alternative. This paper has two main contributions. First, inspired by the remarkable performance of convolutional neural networks for image processing, we represent for the first time power system snapshots as 2-dimensional images, thus taking advantage of the wide range of deep learning methods available for image processing. Second, we train deep neural networks on a large database for the NESTA 162-bus system to assess both N-1
security and small-signal stability. We find that our approach is over 255 times faster than a standard small-signal stability assessment, and it can correctly determine unsafe points with over 99% accuracy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IEEE Powertech 2019
Number of pages6
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019
Event13th IEEE PowerTech Milano 2019: Leading innovation for energy transition - Bovisa Campus of Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
Duration: 23 Jun 201927 Jun 2019
Conference number: 13


Conference13th IEEE PowerTech Milano 2019
LocationBovisa Campus of Politecnico di Milano
OtherPowerTech is the anchor conference of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) in Europe
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