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See detailCautious operation planning under uncertainties
Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Fliscounakis, Stéphane; Panciatici, Patrick et al

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2012), 27(4), 1859-1869

This paper deals with day-ahead power systems security planning under uncertainties, by posing an optimization problem over a set of power injection scenarios that could show up the next day and modeling ... [more ▼]

This paper deals with day-ahead power systems security planning under uncertainties, by posing an optimization problem over a set of power injection scenarios that could show up the next day and modeling the next day's real-time control strategies aiming at ensuring security with respect to contingencies by a combination of preventive and corrective controls. We seek to determine whether and which day-ahead decisions must be taken so that for scenarios over the next day there still exists an acceptable combination of preventive and corrective controls ensuring system security for any postulated contingency. We formulate this task as a three-stage feasibility checking problem, where the first stage corresponds to day-ahead decisions, the second stage to preventive control actions, and the third stage to corrective post-contingency controls. We propose a solution approach based on the problem decomposition into successive optimal power flow (OPF) and security-constrained optimal power flow (SCOPF) problems of a special type. Our approach is illustrated on the Nordic32 system and on a 1203-bus model of a real-life system. [less ▲]

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See detailExploiting the use of DC SCOPF approximation to improve iterative AC SCOPF algorithms
Marano Marcolini, Alejandro; Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Jose Luis, Martinez Ramos et al

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2012), 27(3), 1459-1466

This paper focuses on improving the solution techniques for the AC SCOPF problem of active power dispatch by using the DC SCOPF approximation within the SCOPF algorithm. Our approach brings two benefits ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on improving the solution techniques for the AC SCOPF problem of active power dispatch by using the DC SCOPF approximation within the SCOPF algorithm. Our approach brings two benefits compared to benchmark SCOPF algorithms: it speeds-up the solution of an iterative AC SCOPF algorithm thanks to a more efficient identification of binding contingencies, and allows improving the objective by an appropriate choice of a limited number of corrective actions for each contingency. The proposed approach is illustrated on 5 test systems of 60, 118, 300, 1203, and 2746 buses. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing reactive power reserves with respect to operating constraints and voltage stability
Capitanescu, Florin ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2011), 26(4), 2224-2234

This paper proposes a two-step approach to evaluate reactive power reserves with respect to operating constraints and voltage stability for a set of postulated operating scenarios. The first step ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a two-step approach to evaluate reactive power reserves with respect to operating constraints and voltage stability for a set of postulated operating scenarios. The first step determines the minimum overall needed reactive power reserves of generators such that the system withstands, from a static viewpoint, any postulated scenario. This problem is formulated as a security constrained optimal power flow (SCOPF) which includes operating constraints relative to all postulated scenarios. Particular attention is paid to the techniques aimed to reduce the large size of the SCOPF problem. The second step determines additional reserves to ensure voltage stability of scenarios for which, when modeling dynamic system behaviour, the reserves obtained by SCOPF are insufficient. These reserves are computed using a heuristic technique which relies on dynamic simulation. Numerical results on four test systems of 60, 118, 618, and 1203 buses support the interest of the approach. [less ▲]

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See detailDay-ahead Security Assessment under Uncertainty Relying on the Combination of Preventive and Corrective Controls to Face Worst-Case Scenarios
Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Fliscounakis, Stéphane; Panciatici, Patrick et al

in PSCC proceedings Stockholm (Sweden) 2011 (2011, August 22)

This paper deals with day-ahead static security assessment with respect to a postulated set of contingencies while taking into account uncertainties about the next day system conditions. We propose a ... [more ▼]

This paper deals with day-ahead static security assessment with respect to a postulated set of contingencies while taking into account uncertainties about the next day system conditions. We propose a heuristic approach to check whether, given some assumptions regarding these uncertainties, the worst case with respect to each contingency is still controllable by appropriate combinations of preventive and corrective actions. This approach relies on the solution of successive optimal power flow (OPF) and security-constrained optimal power flow (SCOPF) problems of a special type. The interest of the approach is shown by illustrative examples on the Nordic32 system. [less ▲]

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See detailState-of-the-art, challenges, and future trends in security constrained optimal power flow
Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Martinez Ramos, Jose Luis; Panciatici, Patrick et al

in Electric Power Systems Research (2011), 81(8), 1731-1741

This paper addresses the main challenges to the security constrained optimal power flow (SCOPF) computations. We first discuss the issues related to the SCOPF problem formulation such as the use of a ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the main challenges to the security constrained optimal power flow (SCOPF) computations. We first discuss the issues related to the SCOPF problem formulation such as the use of a limited number of corrective actions in the post-contingency states and the modeling of voltage and transient stability constraints. Then we deal with the challenges to the techniques for solving the SCOPF, focusing mainly on: approaches to reduce the size of the problem by either efficiently identifying the binding contingencies and including only these contingencies in the SCOPF or by using approximate models for the post-contingency states, and the handling of discrete variables. We finally address the current trend of extending the SCOPF formulation to take into account the increasing levels of uncertainty in the operation planning. For each such topic we provide a review of the state of the art, we identify the advances that are needed, and we indicate ways to bridge the gap between the current state of the art and these needs. [less ▲]

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See detailSOLVING VERY LARGE-SCALE SECURITY-CONSTRAINED OPTIMAL POWER FLOW PROBLEMS BY COMBINING ITERATIVE CONTINGENCY SELECTION AND NETWORK COMPRESSION
Platbrood, Ludovic; Crisciu, Horia; Capitanescu, Florin ULg et al

in PSCC conference (2011, August)

This paper proposes a practical algorithm for solving very large-scale SCOPF problems, based on the combination of a contingency filtering scheme, used to identify the binding contingencies at the optimum ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a practical algorithm for solving very large-scale SCOPF problems, based on the combination of a contingency filtering scheme, used to identify the binding contingencies at the optimum, and a network compression method, used to reduce the complexity of the post-contingency models included in the SCOPF formulation. By combining these two complementary simplifications, it is possible to solve SCOPF problems addressing both preventive and corrective controls on continental sized power system models and with a very large number of contingencies. The proposed algorithms are implemented with state-of-the-art solvers and applied on a model of the European transmission system, of about 15000 buses, and with about 11000 contingencies. [less ▲]

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See detailRedispatching active and reactive powers using a limited number of control actions
Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2011), 26(3), 1221-1230

This paper deals with some essential open questions in the field of optimal power flow (OPF) computations, namely: the limitation of the number of controls allowed to move, the trade-off between the ... [more ▼]

This paper deals with some essential open questions in the field of optimal power flow (OPF) computations, namely: the limitation of the number of controls allowed to move, the trade-off between the objective function and the number of controls allowed to move, the computation of the minimum number of control actions needed to satisfy constraints, and the determination of the sequence of control actions to be taken by the system operator in order to achieve its operation goal. To address these questions, we propose approaches which rely on the computation of sensitivities of the objective function and inequality constraints with respect to control actions. We thus determine a subset of controls allowed to move in the OPF, by solving a sensitivity-based mixed integer linear programming (MILP) problem. We study the performances of these approaches on three test systems (of 60, 118, and 618 buses) and by considering three different OPF problems important for a system operator in emergency and/or in normal states, namely the removal of thermal congestions, the removal of bus voltage limits violation, and the reduction of the active power losses. [less ▲]

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See detailSituation Adapted Display of Information for Operating Very Large Interconnected Grids
Hoffmann, Robert; Promel, Francois; Capitanescu, Florin ULg et al

in Power Tech Conference (2011, June)

This paper addresses the problem of security monitoring and situation awareness in very large interconnected transmission systems, with particular emphasis on the continental European grid. An innovative ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the problem of security monitoring and situation awareness in very large interconnected transmission systems, with particular emphasis on the continental European grid. An innovative approach of situation adapted displaying of the operational state of a large network is proposed, which is based on state-of-the-art cognitive methods, is able to be processed online and makes the displays available to all participating transmission system operators. The proposed approach for an improved situation awareness of different security threats such as wide-area split of the system and cascading overload utilise data of a very large simulator model of the continental European transmission system of about 15,000 buses. [less ▲]

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See detailSensitivity-based approaches for handling discrete variables in optimal power flow computations
Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2010), 25(4), 1780-1789

This paper proposes and compares three iterative approaches for handling discrete variables in optimal power flow (OPF) computations. The first two approaches rely on the sensitivities of the objective ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes and compares three iterative approaches for handling discrete variables in optimal power flow (OPF) computations. The first two approaches rely on the sensitivities of the objective and inequality constraints with respect to discrete variables. They set the discrete variables values either by solving a mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) problem or by using a simple procedure based on a merit function. The third approach relies on the use of Lagrange multipliers corresponding to the discrete variables bound constraints at the OPF solution. The classical round-off technique and a progressive round-off approach have been also used as a basis of comparison. We provide extensive numerical results with these approaches on four test systems with up to 1203 buses, and for two OPF problems: loss minimization and generation cost minimization, respectively. These results show that the sensitivity-based approach combined with the merit function clearly outperforms the other approaches in terms of: objective function quality, reliability, and computational times. Furthermore, the objective value obtained with this approach has been very close to that provided by the continuous relaxation OPF. This approach constitutes therefore a viable alternative to other methods dealing with discrete variables in an OPF. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimal power flow computations with a limited number of controls allowed to move
Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2010), 25(1), 586-587

This letter focuses on optimal power flow (OPF) computations in which no more than a pre-specified number of controls are allowed to move. To determine an efficient subset of controls satisfying this ... [more ▼]

This letter focuses on optimal power flow (OPF) computations in which no more than a pre-specified number of controls are allowed to move. To determine an efficient subset of controls satisfying this constraint we rely on the solution of a mixed integer linear programming (MILP) problem fed with sensitivity information of controls' impact on the objective and constraints. We illustrate this approach on a 60-bus system and for the OPF problem of minimum load curtailment cost to remove thermal congestion. [less ▲]

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See detailDecentralized tap changer blocking and load shedding against voltage instability: prospective tests on the RTE system
Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Otomega, Bogdan; Lefebvre, Hervé et al

in International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems (2009), 31(9), 570-576

This paper reports on prospective tests of a system protection scheme against long-term voltage instability relying on a set of distributed controllers, each monitoring a transmission voltage, blocking ... [more ▼]

This paper reports on prospective tests of a system protection scheme against long-term voltage instability relying on a set of distributed controllers, each monitoring a transmission voltage, blocking tap changers and shedding loads in a zone. The emergency actions adjust in magnitude and location to the disturbance. Each controller acts in closed-loop, which guarantees robustness. The method is illustrated on a real-life model of the Western region of the RTE system. The choice of the controller settings is discussed in some detail and examples of performance are given, combining the above remedial action with capacitor switching and secondary voltage control. [less ▲]

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See detailA new heuristic approach to deal with discrete variables in optimal power flow computations
Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

in IEEE Power Tech conference (2009, July)

This paper proposes a new heuristic approach to deal with discrete variables in an optimal power flow (OPF). This approach relies on the first order sensitivity of the objective and inequality constraints ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a new heuristic approach to deal with discrete variables in an optimal power flow (OPF). This approach relies on the first order sensitivity of the objective and inequality constraints with respect to the discrete variables. The impact of a discrete variable change on the objective and inequality constraints is aggregated into a merit function. The proposed approach searches iteratively for better discrete variable settings as long as the problem solution can be improved. We provide numerical results with the proposed approach on four test systems up to 1203 buses and for the OPF problem of active power loss minimization. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimal power flow computations with constraints limiting the number of control actions
Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Rosehart, William; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

in IEEE Power Tech conference (2009, July)

This paper focuses on optimal power flow (OPF) computations in which no more than a pre-specified number of controls are allowed to move. The benchmark formulation of this OPF problem constitutes a mixed ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on optimal power flow (OPF) computations in which no more than a pre-specified number of controls are allowed to move. The benchmark formulation of this OPF problem constitutes a mixed integer nonlinear programming (MINLP) problem. To avoid the prohibitive computational time required by classical MINLP approaches to provide a (potentially sub-optimal) solution, we propose instead two alternative approaches. The first one consists in reformulating the MINLP problem as a mathematical program with equilibrium constraints (MPEC). The second approach includes in the classical OPF problem a nonlinear constraint which approximates the integral constraint limiting the number of control variables movement. Both approaches are solved by an interior point algorithm (IPA), slightly adapted to the particular characteristics of each approach. We provide numerical results with the proposed approaches on two test systems and for two practical problems: minimum cost to remove thermal congestion, and minimum cost of load curtailment to restore a feasible equilibrium point. [less ▲]

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See detailCoupling optimization and dynamic simulation for preventive-corrective control of voltage instability
Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2009), 24(2), 796-805

This paper proposes an approach coupling security constrained optimal power flow with time-domain simulation to determine an optimal combination of preventive and corrective controls ensuring a voltage ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes an approach coupling security constrained optimal power flow with time-domain simulation to determine an optimal combination of preventive and corrective controls ensuring a voltage stable transition of the system towards a feasible long-term equilibrium, if any of a set of postulated contingencies occurs. A security-constrained optimal power flow is used to adjust the respective contribution of preventive and corrective actions. Furthermore, information is extracted from (quasi steady-state) time-domain simulations to iteratively adjust the set of coupling constraints used by a corrective security constrained optimal power flow until its solution is found dynamically secure and viable. Numerical results are provided on a realistic 55-bus test system. [less ▲]

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See detailReinforcement learning versus model predictive control: a comparison on a power system problem
Ernst, Damien ULg; Glavic, Mevludin; Capitanescu, Florin ULg et al

in IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man & Cybernetics : Part B (2009), 33(2), 517-519

This paper compares reinforcement learning (RL) with model predictive control (MPC) in a unified framework and reports experimental results of their application to the synthesis of a controller for a ... [more ▼]

This paper compares reinforcement learning (RL) with model predictive control (MPC) in a unified framework and reports experimental results of their application to the synthesis of a controller for a nonlinear and deterministic electrical power oscillations damping problem. Both families of methods are based on the formulation of the control problem as a discrete-time optimal control problem. The considered MPC approach exploits an analytical model of the system dynamics and cost function and computes open-loop policies by applying an interior-point solver to a minimization problem in which the system dynamics are represented by equality constraints. The considered RL approach infers in a model-free way closed-loop policies from a set of system trajectories and instantaneous cost values by solving a sequence of batch-mode supervised learning problems. The results obtained provide insight into the pros and cons of the two approaches and show that RL may certainly be competitive with MPC even in contexts where a good deterministic system model is available. [less ▲]

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See detailA new iterative approach to the corrective security-constrained optimal power flow problem
Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2008), 23(4), 1342-1351

This paper deals with techniques to solve the corrective security-constrained optimal power flow (CSCOPF) problem. To this end, we propose a new iterative approach that comprises four modules: a CSCOPF ... [more ▼]

This paper deals with techniques to solve the corrective security-constrained optimal power flow (CSCOPF) problem. To this end, we propose a new iterative approach that comprises four modules: a CSCOPF which considers only a subset of potentially binding contingencies among the postulated ones, a (steady-state) security analysis (SSSA), a contingency filtering (CF) technique, and an OPF variant to check post-contingency state feasibility when taking into account post-contingency corrective actions. We compare performances of our approach and its possible variants with classical CSCOPF approaches such as the direct approach and Benders decomposition (BD), on three systems of 60, 118, and 1203 buses. [less ▲]

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See detailPROSPECTS OF AN IMPROVED SYSTEM PROTECTION SCHEME AGAINST VOLTAGE INSTABILITY IN THE RTE SYSTEM
Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Otomega, Bogdan; Lefebvre, Hervé et al

(2008, July)

This paper reports on prospective tests of a system protection scheme against long-term voltage instability relying on a set of distributed controllers, each monitoring a transmission voltage, blocking ... [more ▼]

This paper reports on prospective tests of a system protection scheme against long-term voltage instability relying on a set of distributed controllers, each monitoring a transmission voltage, blocking tap changers and shedding loads in a zone. The emergency actions adjust in magnitude and location to the disturbance. Each controller acts in closed loop, which guarantees robustness. The method is illustrated on a real-life model of the Western region of the RTE system. The choice of the controller settings is discussed in some detail and examples of performance are given, combining the above remedial action with capacitor switching and secondary voltage control. [less ▲]

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See detailA hybrid optimization technique coupling evolutionary and local search algorithms
Kelner, Vincent ULg; Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Léonard, Olivier ULg et al

in Journal of Computational & Applied Mathematics (2008), 215(2), 448-456

Evolutionary Algorithms are robust and powerful global optimization techniques for solving large scale problems that have many local optima. However, they require high CPU times, and they are very poor in ... [more ▼]

Evolutionary Algorithms are robust and powerful global optimization techniques for solving large scale problems that have many local optima. However, they require high CPU times, and they are very poor in terms of convergence performance. On the other hand, local search algorithms can converge in a few iterations but lack a global perspective. The combination of global and local search procedures should offer the advantages of both optimization methods while offsetting their disadvantages. This paper proposes a new hybrid optimization technique that merges a Genetic Algorithm with a local search strategy based on the Interior Point method. The efficiency of this hybrid approach is demonstrated by solving a constrained multi-objective mathematical test-case. [less ▲]

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See detailContingency filtering techniques for preventive security-constrained optimal power flow
Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Glavic, M.; Ernst, Damien ULg et al

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2007), 22(4), 1690-1697

This paper focuses on contingency filtering to accelerate the iterative solution of preventive security-constrained optimal power flow (PSCOPF) problems. To this end, we propose two novel filtering ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on contingency filtering to accelerate the iterative solution of preventive security-constrained optimal power flow (PSCOPF) problems. To this end, we propose two novel filtering techniques relying on the comparison at an intermediate PSCOPF solution of post-contingency constraint violations among postulated contingencies. We assess these techniques by comparing them with severity index-based filtering schemes, on a 60- and a 118-bus system. Our results show that the proposed contingency filtering techniques lead to faster solution of the PSCOPF, while being more robust and meaningful, than severity-index based ones. [less ▲]

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See detailA unified management of congestions due to voltage instability and thermal overload
Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Electric Power Systems Research (2007), 77(10), 1274-1283

This paper proposes two approaches for a unified management of congestions due to voltage instability and thermal overload in a deregulated environment. Both techniques aim to remove, in some optimal ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes two approaches for a unified management of congestions due to voltage instability and thermal overload in a deregulated environment. Both techniques aim to remove, in some optimal manner, voltage and thermal congestions stemming from base case or post-contingency states, by a simultaneous handling of operating and security constraints with respect to several contingencies. The objective of the first approach is to adjust the market-based power injections (generator output and possibly load consumption) at the least cost while the second one aims at curtailing power transactions in a transparent and non-discriminatory way. These techniques rely on sensitivities which pinpoint the best remedial actions against congestions owing to voltage instability and thermal overload. Numerical results with both approaches are provided on a realistic 80-bus system model. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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