Minimization of Transmission Power Loss by Intelligently Tuned Interline Power Flow Controller (IPFC)

Mustafa M. Al Khabbaz, Mohammad A. Abido, and Mohammad A. Ali


Transmission Line Loss, IPFC, Biogeography Based Optimization (BBO), Artificial Bee Colony (ABC)


Comparison of various intelligent search algorithms in tuning the Interline Power Flow Controller (IPFC) to diminish the transmission losses in a power system network has been investigated in this manuscript. The IPFC belongs to the family of series compensating FACTs devices and has the ability of managing the power flow among multiline transmission systems. It has a voltage source converter (VSC), which can be adjusted to regulate the power flow in a corresponding line. In this work, a study of the capability of IPFC to reduce the transmission losses is established. First, the steady-state model of an electrical power system along with IPFC is developed using MATLAB. Next, the selection of parameters of the IPFC controller is considered as an optimization problem and the parameters are tuned by applying three intelligent search techniques: 1) Biogeography Based Optimization (BBO), 2) Artificial Bee Colony (ABC), and 3) Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO). Finally, the effectiveness of the device in diminishing the line losses is demonstrated.

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