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Releasing more capacity for EV integration by DC medium voltage distribution lines

Zhang, Lu, Chen, Ying, Shen, Chen, Tang, Wei and Liang, Jun 2017. Releasing more capacity for EV integration by DC medium voltage distribution lines. Iet Power Electronics 10 (15) , pp. 2116-2123. 10.1049/iet-pel.2017.0172

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With the integration of large-scale electric vehicles (EVs), more capacities of medium voltage distribution networks need to be released. However, there are limited spaces to build new lines, and voltage violation may happen due to the power fluctuation when EVs charge/discharge in a random way. This study proposes to convert some existing AC medium voltage distribution lines to DC and forms a hybrid AC/DC medium voltage distribution network through connecting existing AC lines with a voltage source converter (VSC). Transfer capacity of lines can be increased through DC distribution and flexible power shift between the AC and DC lines can be achieved, based on which more EVs can be accommodated. Configurations of hybrid AC/DC distribution networks are developed, and the capacities released are quantified. A control scheme, which includes a loss minimisation mode and a voltage regulation mode, is proposed in order to optimise real and reactive power outputs of the VSC. Simulation studies are performed to verify the proposed method.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Institution of Engineering and Technology
ISSN: 1755-4535
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 February 2018
Date of Acceptance: 22 August 2017
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2018 10:27

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