12.4.4 Distribution Network Optimization

As explained earlier in this chapter, modern distribution power systems encounter significant changes, and become more complicated and interconnected. Therefore, an optimization tool becomes essential to help system planners and decision makers to determine the best architecture to serve their objectives. The optimum architecture refers to the optimum state of the switches, as well as the type, location, and size of the energy storage to satisfy the imposed constraints by standards or operator objectives. These objectives can either be loss minimization, the increase of economic benefits or profits, reliability improvement, and/or enhancing power quality. This problem is formulated as a multiobjective ...

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