A stable electricity supply is vital for modern society. However, many parts of our power transmission grid are operating near their operational limits. Such stressed systems are vulnerable to cascading failures, where a few small faults can induce a cascade of failures potentially leading to a major blackout The unified power flow controller (UPFC), the most powerful highspeed, semi-conductor based power flow device, can be used as a theoretical model to study how these devices can be used to improve power grid resilience. The blueprint presented here can be used to iteratively identify critical weaknesses in power grids and to recommend a means of fixing these weaknesses via the installation of UPFCs. This approach to hardening the power transmission grid will make it less prone to blackouts and better able to forestall or reduce the severity of unavoidable blackouts.
W. M. Siever et al., "Blueprint for Iteratively Hardening Power Grids Employing Unified Power Flow Controllers," Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE International Conference on System of Systems Engineering, 2007, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Sep 2007.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/SYSOSE.2007.4304291
2007 IEEE International Conference on System of Systems Engineering, 2007
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Critical Infrastructure Protection; Evolutionary Algorithm; FACTs; Power Grid; UPFC
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