Impact of low-carbon technologies on the power distribution network

Rafi, Arqam and Lee, Timothy and Wu, Wenyan (2019) Impact of low-carbon technologies on the power distribution network. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 329 (012055). ISSN 1755-1307

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Abstract

Over recent decades, there has been a growing concern about how modern
technologies would impact on an electrical grid. Whilst the UK is set to meet the target of 15%
energy demand from renewable sources by 2020 to ensure energy security and decarbonisation
objectives, there has been a greater concern over how the increasing deployment of low carbon
technologies (LCTs) would affect an electrical grid, in particular the residential low voltage
distribution network. While LCTs can provide clean energy and decreases the dependence on oil
and natural gas stocks, their impact on distribution networks is unknown and the operators are
visibly blind as they use a ‘fit and forget’ approach. Consumers’ connections are uncertain and
stochastic and the LCT uptake poses a potential threat for distribution network operators. A
review is presented in this paper, illustrating the potential impacts the LCTs have on a local
electrical grid such as voltage regulation, thermal limits, power quality and harmonics. Potential
solutions, such as Deregulation, Soft Open Points, On Load Tap Changer, and Active Power
Filter currently available for Distribution Network Operators and power system planners before
costly network reinforcement work is undertaken.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1088/1755-1315/329/1/012055
Date: 11 October 2019
Subjects: H100 General Engineering
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Timothy Lee
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 07:52
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 07:52
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8147

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