Security Constraint Unit Commitment on Combined Solar Thermal Generating Units Using ABC Algorithm

Sreejith S, Indra Gandhi, Dhanalakshmi Samiappan, Muruganandam M


In this paper, Security Constrained Unit Commitment (SCUC) problem with combined Thermal- Solar generating units is solved using Artificial Bee Colony (ABC) algorithm. SCUC problem aims to obtain minimum generation cost while satisfying the system, network and security constraints. The SCUC problem is divided into Unit Commitment Problem (UCP) which is considered as the master problem and Security Constrained Economic Dispatch (SCED) is considered as the sub problem. Here, both thermal and solar generations are considered in UCP and SCED solutions. Binary Coded ABC Algorithm is used to solve the UCP and Real Coded ABC Algorithm is used for solving the SCED problem. The constraints such as spinning reserves, hourly load demands, ramp up/ramp down limits of generators, minimum up/down limits, line flow and voltage limits are considered in the problem formulation. Beta distribution function is employed to forecast the solar power generation in different seasons. The comparison is carried out with and without incorporating solar generation. The proposed method is validated on a 6 bus system and a South Indian 86 bus utility.

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Solar farm; Security Constraints; Unit Commitment ; Beta distribution function; ABC Algorithm

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