Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Optimal Power Flow

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Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Optimal Power Flow

Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Optimal

Power Flow

1Chirag kalia, 2 Bhupender Sharma

1Assistant Professor, RPIIT, Karnal,

2Assistant Professor, Geeta Engineering College, Panipat,,

Abstract This paper present some pointed out factors or parameters related to optimal power flow solutions by using the artificial intelligence techniques (Particle swarm optimization and Genetic algorithm) to observe some refined status and supervise the practicality for a particular electrical network. The OPF utilizes all control variables to help to minimize the cost of the power system operations also valuable economic information and insight into the power system. In this way, the optimal power flow problem very adeptly addresses the control and economic problems. A case study on an IEEE-30 bus system expresses some sound idea in a very positive result oriented manner directed towards the applicability of the proposed approaches in the practical electrical network system. Results show that the algorithm is well competent for optimal power flow under practical constraints and price based conditions.

Keywords Particle Swarm optimization (PSO),


    The OPF Problem has been discussed since its introduction by Carpentier in 1962. As the OPF is a very large, non-linear mathematical programming problem, it has taken decades to develop efficient algorithm for itss solution. Many different mathematical techniques have been employed for its solution. The problem can be stated as: OPF has been applied to regulate generator active power outputs and voltages, shunt capacitors/reactors, transformer tap settings and other controllable variables to minimize the fuel cost, network active power loss, while keeping the load bus voltages, generators reactive power outputs, network power flows and all other state variables in the power system in their operational and secure limits.The optimal power flow has been frequently solved using classical optimization methods. The OPF has been usually considered as the minimization of an objective function representing the generation cost and/or the transmission loss. The constraints involved are the physical laws governing the power generation- transmission systems and the operating limitations of the equipment. Effective optimal power flow is limited by (i) the high dimensionality of power

    systems and (ii) the incomplete domain dependent knowledge of power system engineers. The first limitation is addressed by numerical optimization procedures based on successive linearization using the first and the second derivatives of objective functions and their constraints as the search directions or by linear programming solutions to imprecise models. The advantages of such methods are in their mathematical underpinnings, but disadvantages exist also in the sensitivity to problem formulation, algorithm selection and usually converge to a local minimum. The second limitation, incomplete domain knowledge, precludes also the reliable use of expert systems where rule completeness is not possible. A first comprehensive survey regarding optimal power dispatch was given by H.H.Happ and subsequently an IEEE working group presented bibliography survey of major economic-security functions in 1981. Thereafter in 1985, Carpentair presented a survey and classified the Optimal Power Flow (OPF) algorithms based on their solution methodology. In 1990, Chowdhury did a survey on economic dispatch methods .In 1999, J.A.Momoh et al. presented a review of some selected OPF techniques. Dommel and W.F Tinney (1968) gave realistic method for solving the power flow programs with control variables such as real power, reactive power and transformer ratios automatically adjusted to minimize instantaneous costs or losses. P.H.Chen et al (1995) proposed a new genetic algorithm for solving the Economic Dispatch (ED) problem in large-scale systems. A new encoding method is developed in which the chromosome contains only an encoding of the normalized system incremental cost. Russell Eberhart (1995) presents the optimization of nonlinear functions using parSticle swarm methodology is described. Implementations of two paradigms are discussed and compared, including a recently developed locally oriented paradigm. M.A.Abido et al.(2000) proposed an efficient and reliable evolutionary based approach to solve the optimal power flow problem.

  2. Genetic Algorithm

  1. Overview

    Genetic Algorithms are general purpose optimization algorithms based on the mechanics of natural selection and genetics. Genetic Algorithms are a

    family of computational models inspired by evolution. These algorithms encode a potential solution to a specific problem on a simple chromosome-like data structure and apply recombination and mutation operators to these structures so as to preserve critical information. An implementation of a genetic algorithm begins with a population of (usually random) chromosomes. One then evaluates these structures and allocates reproductive opportunities in such a way that those chromosomes which represent a better solution to the target problem are given more chances to reproduce than those chromosomes which are poorer solutions. This is called survival for the fittest. The goodness of a solution is typically defined with respect to the current population. They operate on string structures (chromosomes), typically a concatenated list of binary digits representing a coding of the control parameters (phenotype) of a given problem. Chromosomes themselves are composed of genes. The real value of a control parameter, encoded in a gene, is called an allele. GAs is an attractive alternative to other optimization methods because of their robustness. There are three major differences between GAs and conventional optimization algorithms. First, GAs operates on the encoded string of the problem parameters rather than the actual parameters of the problem. Each string can be thought of as a chromosome that completely

    describes one candidate solution to the problem. Second, GAs uses a population of points rather than a

    which case, only 50% of the time will the mutation actually change the bit value. After the process of selection, recombination and mutation, the next population can be evaluated. The process of evaluation, selection, recombination and mutation forms one generation in the execution of a genetic algorithm. Assuming an initial random population produced and evaluated, genetic evolution takes place by means of three basic genetic operators.

  2. Algorithm

Step 1:Read the database for the generator data, bus data, capacitor/reactor data, transformer data and transmission line data.

Step 2:Assume suitably population size (pop_size), maximum number of generations or populations (gen_max.).

Step 3: Set valid number of population counter


Step 4: Randomly generate the chromosomes.

Step 5: Run power flow for each set of generating patterns Pg, corresponding to a particular generation and after that determine slack bus generation, bus voltage magnitudes and phase angles at all the buses. Also calculate power flow in each transmission line of the system.


Step 6: Check the following constraints, Check the voltage magnitude violation Vi min. V V max.

Check the MVA flows violation

MVA min. MVA max

ij ij

single point in their search. This allows the GA to explore several areas of the search spae simultaneously, reducing the probability of finding local optima. Third, GAs do not require any prior knowledge, space limitations, or special properties of the function to be optimized, such as smoothness, convexity, unimodality, or existence of derivatives. They only require the evaluation of the so-called fitness function (FF) to assign a quality value to every solution produced. The genetic algorithm can be viewed as two stage process. It starts with the current population. Selection is applied to the current population to create an intermediate population. Then recombination and mutation are applied to the intermediate population to create the next population. The process of going from the current population to the next population constitutes one generation in the execution construction of the intermediate population is complete and recombination can occur. This can be viewed as creating the next population from the intermediate population. Crossover is applied to randomly paired strings with a probability denoted Pc. A pair of strings is picked with probability Pc for recombination. These strings form two new strings that are inserted into the next population. After recombination, mutation operator is applied. For each bit in the population, is mutated with some low probability Pm. Typically the mutation rate is applied with less than 1% probability. In some cases mutation is interpreted as randomly generating a new bit in

Check reactive power limits at all generator buses If any of the above limits is violated, go to step 4.

Step 7:If all the above constraints are satisfied, increment pop_vn by 1. If pop_vn less than or equal to pop_size, go to step 4, otherwise go to next step.

Step 8:Calculate and then store the total cost of generation corresponding to each valid generation pattern of chromosomes.

Step 9: Find and store minimum cost among all valid individual parents and corresponding generation pattern.

Step10: Check if random no.ri < cr (crossover rate) for i=1 to pop_size, select ith chromosome. Apply the crossover operator to that individual.

Step11: Run power flow for each set of new generating patterns and hence determines, slack bus generation, bus voltage magnitudes and phase angle at all the buses. Also calculate power flow in each transmission line of the system.

Step 12: Check system constraints as mentioned in step 6.

Step13: If all the constraints are satisfied, the individual of the new population becomes valid otherwise it become invalid.

Step 14: Apply the mutation operator to the calculated generation patterns.

Step 15: Run power flow and check all the constraints as mentioned in step 6.

Step 16: If all the constraints are satisfied go to next step otherwise go to step 4.

Step 17: Calculate the total cost of all valid patterns. Step 18: Find the optimum solution among all population groups.


A. Overview

Particle Swarm Optimization Swarm Intelligence (SI) is an innovative distributed intelligent paradigm for

integer problem can be described in the following steps.



Step 1: (Initialization): Set t=0 and generate random n particles, {Xi(0), i=1,2,..n}. Each article is considered to be solution for the problem and it can be described as Xi(0)=[ xi,1(0); xi,2(0); ;xi,m(0)]. Each control variable will have a range [xmin, xmax]. Each particle in the initial population is evaluated using the objective function f. For each particle , set X *(0) =Xi(0) and f *

solving optimization problems that originally took its inspiration from the biological examples by swarming, flocking and herding phenomena in vertebrates. Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) incorporates swarming behaviors observed in flocks of birds, schools of fish, or swarms of bees, and even human social behavior, from which the idea is emerged. PSO is a population-based optimization tool, which could be implemented and applied easily to solve various function optimization problems. As an algorithm, the main strength of PSO is its fast convergence, which compares favourably with many global optimization algorithms like Genetic Algorithms (GA) Simulated Annealing (SA) and other global optimization algorithms. For applying PSO successfully, one of the key issues is finding how to map the problem solution into the PSO particle, which directly affects its feasibility and performance Similar to evolutionary algorithm, the PSO technique conducts searches using a population of particles, corresponding to individuals. Each particle represents a candidate solution to the optimal power flow problem. In a PSO system, particles change their positions by flying a round in a multidimensional search space until a relatively unchanged position has been encountered, or until computational limitations are exceeded. In social science context, a PSO system combines a social only model and a cognition-only model. The social-only component suggests that individuals ignore their own experience and adjust their behavior according to the successful beliefs of the individual in the neighborhood. On the other hand, the cognition-only component treats individuals as isolated beings.

Particle swarm optimization algorithm

In a PSO algorithm, the population has n particles that represent candidate solutions. Each particle is a k- dimensional real-valued vector, where k is the number of the optimized parameters. Therefore, each optimized parameter represents a dimension of the problem space. The modified PSO technique for

A. IEEE 30-Bus System

The test system is the IEEE 30-bus, 41-branch system. It has a total of 24 control variables as follows: five unit active power outputs, six generator-bus voltage magnitudes, four transformer-tap settings, and nine bus shunt admittances.

= fi ,i=1,2,3…..,n. Search for the best value of the

objective function fbest .Set the particle associated with fbest as the global best,X**(0),with an objective function of f**.Set the initial value of the inertia weight w(0).In this study the objective function is the optimal power flow ,which will be calculated after running the power flow and meeting all our constraints.

Step 2: Counter Updating: update the counter t= t +1 Step 3: Velocity updating: Using the global best and individual best, the ith particle velocity in the kth dimension in this study (integer problem) is updated according to the following equation:

vi,k(t) = w(t).vi,k(t-1) + b1s1(x*i,k(t-1)-xi,k(t-1))

+b2s2(x**i,k(t-1) xi,k (t-1)

From the previous equation i is the particle number, b1, b2 are positive constants, s1 s2 are uniformly distributed random

numbers in [0, 1]

Step 4: Position updating: Based on the updated velocity, each particle changes its position according to the following equation:

Xi,k(t) = xi,k(t-1) + vi,k(t)

Step 5: Individual best updating: each particle is evaluated and updated according to the update position.

Step 6: Search for the minimum value in the individual best and its solution has ever been reached so far, and consider it to be the minimum.

Step 7: Stopping criteria: if one of the stopping criteria is satisfied, then stop otherwise go to step-2.


In this section, the proposed PSO & GA based solution of the OPF is evaluated using an IEEE 30-bus system. The GA & PSO method are implemented in MATLAB 7.5 to solve the problem of optimal power flow solutions. A comparison in both the proposed approaches is made and some important features are extracted out. Twenty runs have been performed for each case examined. The results which follow are the best solution over these 20 runs.

Parameters and data for the PSO Algorithm for optimal power flow:

Population size =30 No. of units=6

Maximum no. of iterations=200 No. of generators=5

No. of tap positions=4

Parameters for the Genetic Algorithm: Population size -40,

Maximum no. of iterations=200 No. of units=6,

No. of generators=5 No. of tap positions=4, String length=155

Elitism probability = 0.15 Crossover probability = 0.95 Mutation probability = 0.001

Fig. I. IEEE 30-bus power system

Fig.-2 Graph between Active power cost ($/h)

Following the case study as discussed in the present work, it is observed that for the same electrical network configurations both the methods are proved almost better but not so much comparatively competitive for the optimal power flow.

and iterations in PSO


Fig.-4 Graph between reactive power cost ($/h) and iterations in PSO


It is interesting to note that GA and PSO are useful as an optimization technique to solve OPF. The method employs GA and PSO separately to get a feasible point that satisfy the equality and inequality constraints with the desired precision. OPF solutions by using GA and PSO have the advantage not to calculate differential equations neither the Jacobean matrix unlike classical methods. Also the major advantages of these methodologies are that these are relatively versatile for handling various qualitative constraints. These facts permit the definition of any type of objective functions regardless of mathematical condition of continuity, concavities, etc. The main disadvantages of this proposal are the large computing time required to obtain the optimal solution this situation was expected because GA and PSO are stochastic search methods


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