Investigating the optimal location of FACTS devices in power system networks with renewable energy sources considering uncertainty

W. Masamvu, O. Dzobo

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Reactive power flow analysis is an essential feature of power systems management. Controlling the amounts of reactive power flowing in and out of a power system network aids in keeping network voltage within acceptable limits. As the penetration of renewable energy sources (RESs) into the conventional electric grid increases, its effect on reactive power must be investigated. Research studies have shown that the uncertainty of RESs in power generation influences the reactive power of a power system network and consequently its overall transmission losses. This influence can be mitigated by installing FACTS devices in the power system network. In this research paper, a case study is presented to determine the best location of Flexible Alternating Current Transmission System (FACTS) devices in a power system network with RESs. The uncertainty of load and wind power generation is modelled using probabilistic scenario-based method. The IEEE 14 bus test network is used in the analysis. The objective function is solved using the particle swarm optimization (PSO) algorithm. The results show that when FACTS devices are strategically positioned in a power system network and uncertainty is considered, they have a significant influence on the overall transmission loss of the network.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2021 IEEE AFRICON, AFRICON 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665419840
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2021
Event2021 IEEE AFRICON, AFRICON 2021 - Virtual, Arusha, Tanzania, United Republic of
Duration: 13 Sept 202115 Sept 2021

Publication series

NameIEEE AFRICON Conference
ISSN (Print)2153-0025
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0033


Conference2021 IEEE AFRICON, AFRICON 2021
Country/TerritoryTanzania, United Republic of
CityVirtual, Arusha


  • Reactive power
  • Reactive power dispatch
  • Scenario-based approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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