Maximizing PV hosting capacity by smart allocation of PV: A case study on a Swedish distribution grid
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of ASES Solar 2015, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA, July 28-30, 2015, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
Detailed simulations of large amounts of PV production in Swedish rural power grids show that as module and system prices keep declining and thus increasing the profitability and demand for solar power, current grid performance will limit the potential. Simulations have been made on a case distribution grid (10 kV) with actual hourly load data for 2014 and calculated hourly production with respect to building roof area, tilt and azimuth together with irradiation data. At high production, especially voltage rises along cables in the outer part of the grid is problematic, but also currents in cables close to transformer buses increases substantially at these conditions. Resulting hosting capacity for the case grid is 32%, as of annual production compared to annual demand. What is limiting the hosting capacity is the tolerated voltage rise, which is set to 5% of nominal grid voltage. Through smart allocation of PV systems to the strongest nodes in the grid the hosting capacity of the same grid can be increased to 74%.
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Research subject Engineering Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-265444OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-265444DiVA: diva2:865697
ASES Solar 2015, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA, July 28-30, 2015