• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2012, Volume: 5, Issue: 7, Pages: 1-5

Original Article

Optimal capacitor placement in distribution networks using Genetic Algorithm


One of the on-going studies in the power distribution system is optimal placement of capacitors to which designers pay attention since many years ago. The most important benefit of capacitor placement is loss reduction, voltage profile improvement, increment of power factor and freeing up the power system capacity. This paper presents a new approach for capacitor allocation in a sample distribution system. The problem formulation considers most of effective parameters in the capacitor installation. One of the distinguished characteristics of the implementation of the Genetic Algorithm for optimal capacitor placement in distribution system is its multifunction capability. The proposed method on capacitor placement and detecting optimum capacitance has been implemented and tested in a 9-bus IEEE sample network in DIGSILENT and MATLAB environments.
Keywords: Capacitor placement, Genetic algorithm, Optimization.


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