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Analyzing and Modeling Propagation of SmartMeters' Alarms in Low-Voltage Grids
Halmstad University, School of Information Technology, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS), CAISR - Center for Applied Intelligent Systems Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5863-0748
Halmstad University, School of Information Technology, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS), CAISR - Center for Applied Intelligent Systems Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3495-2961
Halmstad University, School of Information Technology, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS), CAISR - Center for Applied Intelligent Systems Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7796-5201
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

In low-voltage energy distribution networks, analyzing and modelingpropagation of disturbances is important as we are moving towards smartgrids. Today, smart meters are generally deployed at all customers and continuouslymeasure several features related to power consumption and quality.However, the data collected from such low-cost devices has been, until now,considered unsuitable for analysis of disturbance propagation, mainly due to itsvery low time resolution. This paper demonstrates that the existence of propagationin the low-voltage grids can be detected using smart meters alarm data.In particular, several models for propagation of disturbances, within neighborcustomers in different levels of the grid topology, are investigated. A methodfor measuring how the reality corresponds to each of the models, by measuringthe similarity between real data and synthetic data, is proposed. Theresults show that the models which include propagation within both deliverypointsand branches are better representation of the disturbances in the realdata, compared to other models. Furthermore, the paper presents smart metersalarm dataset (SMAData), an open-source dataset containing power qualitydisturbances of over 1000 customers.

Keywords [en]
Smart meter, power quality disturbance, alarm, propagation modeling, low-voltage distribution grids
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Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-39041OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-39041DiVA, id: diva2:1295587
Available from: 2019-03-12 Created: 2019-03-12 Last updated: 2019-09-25Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Data analytics for weak spot detection in power distribution grids
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Data analytics for weak spot detection in power distribution grids
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This research aims to develop data-driven methods that extract information from the available data in distribution grids for detecting weak spots, including the components with degraded reliability and areas with power quality problems. The results enable power distribution companies to change from reactive maintenance to predictive maintenance by deriving benefits from available data. In particular, the data is exploited for three purposes: (a) failure pattern discovery, (b) reliability evaluation of power cables, and (c) analyzing and modeling propagation of power quality disturbances (PQDs) in low-voltage grids.

To analyze failure characteristics it is important to discover which failures share common features, e.g., if there are any types of failures that happen mostly in certain parts of the grid or at certain times. This analysis provides information about correlation between different features and identifying the most vulnerable components. In this case, we applied statistical analysis and association rules to discover failure patterns. Furthermore, we propose a visualization of the correlations between different factors representing failures by using an approximated Bayesian network. We show that the Bayesian Network constructed based on the interesting rules of two items is a good approximation of the real dataset.

The main focus of reliability evaluation is on failure rate estimation and reliability ranking. In case of power cables, the limited amount of recorded events makes it difficult to perform failure rate modeling. Therefore, we propose a method for interpreting the results of goodness-of-fit measures with confidence intervals, estimated using synthetic data.

To perform reliability ranking of power cables, in addition to the age of cables, we consider other factors. Then, we use the proportional hazard model (PHM) to assess the impact of the factors and calculate the failure rate of each individual cable. In reliability evaluation, it is important to consider the fact that power cables are repairable components. We discuss that the conclusions about different factors in PHM and cables ranking will be misleading if one considers the cables as non-repairable components.

In low-voltage distribution grids, analyzing PQDs is important as we are moving towards smart grids with the next generation of producers and consumers. Installing Power Quality and Monitoring Systems (PQMS) at all the nodes in the network, for monitoring the impacts of the new consumer/producer, is prohibitively expensive. Instead, we demonstrate that power companies can utilize the available smart meters, which are widely deployed in the low-voltage grids, for monitoring power quality events and identifying areas with power quality problems. In particular, several models for propagation of PQDs, within neighbor customers in different levels of the grid topology, are investigated. The results show that meters data can be used to detect and describe propagation in low-voltage grids.

The developed methods of (a) failure pattern discovery are applied on data from Halmstad Energi och Miljö (HEM Nät), Öresundskraft, Göteborg Energy, and Växjö Energy, four different distribution system operators in Sweden. The developed methods of (b) reliability evaluation of power cables and (c) analyzing and modeling propagation of PQDs are applied on data from HEM Nät.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: Halmstad University Press, 2019. p. 117
National Category
Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-39067 (URN)978-91-88749-18-5 (ISBN)978-91-88749-19-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-04-24, Haldasalen, Kristian IV:s väg 3, Halmstad, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-03-19 Created: 2019-03-18 Last updated: 2019-04-03Bibliographically approved

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