For planning and development and in real-time operation of smart grids, it is important to evaluate the impacts of photovoltaic (PV) distributed generation. In this paper, we present an integrated platform, constituted by two main components: a PV simulator and a real-time distribution network simulator. The first, designed and developed following the microservice approach and providing REST web services, simulates real-sky solar radiation on rooftops and estimates the PV energy production; the second, based on a digital real-time power systems simulator, simulates the behaviour of the electric network under the simulated generation scenarios. The platform is tested on a case study based on real data for a district of the city of Turin, Italy. In the results, we show possible applications of the platform for power flow forecasting during real-time operation and to detect possible voltage and transformers capacity problems during planning due to high penetration of Renewable Energy Sources. In particular, the results show that the case study distribution network, in the actual configuration, is not ready to accommodate all the generation capacity that can be installed as, in certain hours of the day and in certain days of the year, the capacity of some transformers is exceeded.

Planning and real-time management of smart grids with high PV penetration in Italy / Bottaccioli, Lorenzo; Estebsari, Abouzar; Patti, Edoardo; Pons, Enrico; Acquaviva, Andrea. - In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS. ENGINEERING SUSTAINABILITY. - ISSN 1478-4629. - STAMPA. - 172:6(2019), pp. 272-282. [10.1680/jensu.17.00066]

Planning and real-time management of smart grids with high PV penetration in Italy

Bottaccioli, Lorenzo;Estebsari, Abouzar;Patti, Edoardo;Pons, Enrico;Acquaviva, Andrea
2019

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For planning and development and in real-time operation of smart grids, it is important to evaluate the impacts of photovoltaic (PV) distributed generation. In this paper, we present an integrated platform, constituted by two main components: a PV simulator and a real-time distribution network simulator. The first, designed and developed following the microservice approach and providing REST web services, simulates real-sky solar radiation on rooftops and estimates the PV energy production; the second, based on a digital real-time power systems simulator, simulates the behaviour of the electric network under the simulated generation scenarios. The platform is tested on a case study based on real data for a district of the city of Turin, Italy. In the results, we show possible applications of the platform for power flow forecasting during real-time operation and to detect possible voltage and transformers capacity problems during planning due to high penetration of Renewable Energy Sources. In particular, the results show that the case study distribution network, in the actual configuration, is not ready to accommodate all the generation capacity that can be installed as, in certain hours of the day and in certain days of the year, the capacity of some transformers is exceeded.
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