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Multi-objective ant lion optimization algorithm to solve large-scale multi-objective optimal reactive power dispatch problem

Souhil Mouassa (Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology, University of Sétif 1, Sétif, Algeria)
Tarek Bouktir (Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology, University of Sétif 1, Sétif, Algeria)

COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering

ISSN: 0332-1649

Article publication date: 27 November 2018

Issue publication date: 24 January 2019

Abstract

Purpose

In the vast majority of published papers, the optimal reactive power dispatch (ORPD) problem is dealt as a single-objective optimization; however, optimization with a single objective is insufficient to achieve better operation performance of power systems. Multi-objective ORPD (MOORPD) aims to minimize simultaneously either the active power losses and voltage stability index, or the active power losses and the voltage deviation. The purpose of this paper is to propose multi-objective ant lion optimization (MOALO) algorithm to solve multi-objective ORPD problem considering large-scale power system in an effort to achieve a good performance with stable and secure operation of electric power systems.

Design/methodology/approach

A MOALO algorithm is presented and applied to solve the MOORPD problem. Fuzzy set theory was implemented to identify the best compromise solution from the set of the non-dominated solutions. A comparison with enhanced version of multi-objective particle swarm optimization (MOEPSO) algorithm and original (MOPSO) algorithm confirms the solutions. An in-depth analysis on the findings was conducted and the feasibility of solutions were fully verified and discussed.

Findings

Three test systems – the IEEE 30-bus, IEEE 57-bus and large-scale IEEE 300-bus – were used to examine the efficiency of the proposed algorithm. The findings obtained amply confirmed the superiority of the proposed approach over the multi-objective enhanced PSO and basic version of MOPSO. In addition to that, the algorithm is benefitted from good distributions of the non-dominated solutions and also guarantees the feasibility of solutions.

Originality/value

The proposed algorithm is applied to solve three versions of ORPD problem, active power losses, voltage deviation and voltage stability index, considering large -scale power system IEEE 300 bus.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the editors and the six anonymous reviewers for all the constructive and helpful review comments that have helped improved the manuscript significantly. This work was supported by the National CNEPRU project under grant numbers (Grant No: A01L07UN190120140015). The first author expresses his sincere gratitude to Prof. Lucian Toma from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania for his constructive suggestions.

Citation

Mouassa, S. and Bouktir, T. (2019), "Multi-objective ant lion optimization algorithm to solve large-scale multi-objective optimal reactive power dispatch problem", COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering, Vol. 38 No. 1, pp. 304-324. https://doi.org/10.1108/COMPEL-05-2018-0208

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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