Reactive Power Management Strategies in Future Smart Grids

Hugo Morais, Tiago Sousa, Pedro Faria, Zita Vale

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The reactive power management in distribution network with large penetration of distributed energy resources is an important task in future power systems. The control of reactive power allows the inclusion of more distributed recourses and a more efficient operation of distributed network. Currently, the reactive power is only controlled in large power plants and in high and very high voltage substations. In this paper, several reactive power control strategies considering a smart grids paradigm are proposed. In this context, the management of distributed energy resources and of the distribution network by an aggregator, namely Virtual Power Player (VPP), is proposed and implemented in a MAS simulation tool. The proposed methods have been computationally implemented and tested using a 32-bus distribution network with intensive use of distributed resources, mainly the distributed generation based on renewable resources. Results concerning the evaluation of the reactive power management algorithms are also presented and compared.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting 2013
Number of pages5
Publication date2013
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-1303-9
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 21 Jul 201325 Jul 2013


Conference2013 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting


  • Energy resources management
  • Reactive power
  • Smart grid
  • Virtual power player

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