Supporting LV Distribution Network Voltage Using PV Inverters Under High EV Penetration

Emmanuel Akakabota, Gobind Pillai, Michael Allison

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The growing popularity of Electric Vehicles (EV) as an alternative to fossil-fuel-driven vehicles has immense environmental appeal. Considering the effects on distribution networks, which were not designed to support such loads, several challenges are bound to be encountered in a future with purely EVs. One of such technical challenges is the effect of charging several EVs at the same time on distribution network voltage. While coordinated charging is one solution, reactive power compensation can be used to support voltage at the point of connection without the need for a centralised control. This paper explores the feasibility of using installed photovoltaic (PV) inverters as voltage compensation devices in Low Voltage (LV) distribution networks. A reactive power controller was developed in Simulink for PV inverters. The case study of a UK LV network for the winter season was used to investigate the feasibility. Results using a cumulative under-voltage index (CUVi) developed to quantify the contributions of the PV inverter reactive power compensation to network voltage support shows that for up to 30% EV penetration, the available PV capacity alone can completely eliminate under-voltage incidents.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication54th International Universities Power Engineering Conference
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728133492
ISBN (Print)9781728133492
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2019
Event54th International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC) - Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 3 Sept 20196 Sept 2019


Conference54th International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC)

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