Title: Single-phase PV power injection limit due to voltage unbalances applied to an urban reference network using real-time simulation
Citation: APPLIED SCIENCES-BASEL vol. 8 no. 8 p. 1333
Publisher: MDPI AG
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC105977
ISSN: 2076-3417
URI: http://www.mdpi.com/2076-3417/8/8/1333
DOI: 10.3390/app8081333
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: As photovoltaic (PV) penetration increases in low-voltage distribution networks, voltage variation may become a problem. This is particularly important in residential single-phase systems, due to voltage unbalances created by the inflow of points in the network. The existing literature frequently refers to three-phase systems focusing on losses and voltage variations. Many studies tend to use case studies whose conclusions are difficult to replicate and generalise. As levels of residential PV rise, single-phase PV power injection levels, before voltage unbalances reach standard limits, become important to be investigated. In this study, an urban European reference network is considered, and using a real-time digital simulator, different levels of PV penetration are simulated. PV systems are connected to the same phase (unbalanced case), and are also evenly phase-distributed (balanced case). Considering a 2–3% unbalance limit, approximately 3.5–4.6 kW could be injected in every bus in an unbalanced scenario. With a balanced PV distribution, the power injected could reach 10–13 kW per bus. Buses closer to the power transformer allow higher power connections, due to cable distances and inferior voltage drops. Feeder length, loads considered during simulation, and cable shunt capacitance reactance influence the results the most.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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