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Project: Impact Map Development of Distribution Systems Highly Penetrated with Local Generation

 

In recent years, population growth and industrial development increase the need of energy. Limited amount of fossil fuels and their impact on the environment are to head towards new and renewable energy resources. Especially by virtue of government policies to reduce carbon emissions; renewable energy sources such as hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, biogas, wave and, tidal play a larger role in the power system. In many EU countries, electricity from renewable sources is promoted by incentive for the installation of renewable energy generators as local generators to the distribution network. However, distribution networks have been planned and operated without local generators or with limited their power capacity. Ever-increasing generators have caused various problems in the distribution networks. Distribution network operators (DNOs) tasked with ensuring the continuity of reliability and power quality are forced to produce a solution and invest against the risk from the arising generators.

Within the scope of the project, an impact map will be brought out to guide to DNOs for local generators placement strategies and the delay of the investment requirements of changing traditional distribution networks. The size of local generator that can be added to any location in the distribution network will be determined and also the distribution network operation conditions will be examined when the generator location is designated.