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Cascade Hydroelectric Power System Model and its Application to an Optimal Dispatch Design

Apostolopoulou, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-9012-9910 and McCulloch, M. (2017). Cascade Hydroelectric Power System Model and its Application to an Optimal Dispatch Design. Paper presented at the IREP’2017 - 10th Bulk Power Systems Dynamics and Control Symposium, 27 Aug - 1 Sep 2017, Espinho, Portugal.

Abstract

In this paper we propose an optimal dispatch scheme for a cascade hydroelectric power system that maximises the system efficiency, and minimises the spillage effects. Our approach proposes a methodology that has low computational burden and may be implemented for the short-term operation of a cascade hydroelectric power system. To this end, the non- linear relationships that describe the system physical constraints, e.g., power output, are transformed into affine relationships; thus reducing the computational complexity. The transformations are based on the construction of convex envelopes around bilinear functions; piecewise affine functions; and exploitation of optimisation properties. We demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed methodology with the Seven Forks system located in Kenya, and evaluate the performance of our method in terms of water volume and potential energy saved.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Engineering
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Engineering > Electrical & Electronic Engineering
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/19442
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