Ain Shams Engineering Journal ( IF 1.949 ) Pub Date : 2020-07-30 , DOI: 10.1016/j.asej.2020.06.005 Thuan Thanh Nguyen; Thang Trung Nguyen; Ngoc Au Nguyen; Thanh Long Duong
This paper presents a new method based on coyote algorithm (COA) which is inspired from the social life of coyotes for the problem of simultaneous network reconfiguration and distributed generation (DG) placement to reduce real power loss. The effectiveness of the proposed COA method has been evaluated on two distribution systems consisting of 69-node and 119-node systems at two scenarios consisting of reconfiguration only and simultaneous reconfiguration and DG placement. The result analysis has indicated that network reconfiguration combination with optimization of location and size of distributed generation (DGs) is more effective for power loss reduction than network reconfiguration only. About the network reconfiguration only, for the 69-node and 119-node systems COA can search out the optimal solution that reduce power loss by 56.16% and 32.86%, respectively. Meanwhile, the optimal solution obtained by the network reconfiguration combination with optimization of location and size of DGs using COA helps to reduce power loss of two aforementioned systems by 84.37% and 55.31%, respectively. The result comparisons with other methods in the literature have also shown that COA has ability to obtain the better network configuration and location and size of DGs than other methods. Therefore, the proposed COA can be a promising method for the problem of simultaneous reconfiguration and DG placement.