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Title: Local Voltage Control in Distribution Networks: A Game-Theoretic Perspective: Preprint

Inverter-based voltage regulation is gaining importance to alleviate emerging reliability and power-quality concerns related to distribution systems with high penetration of photovoltaic (PV) systems. This paper seeks contribution in the domain of reactive power compensation by establishing stability of local Volt/VAr controllers. In lieu of the approximate linear surrogate used in the existing work, the paper establishes existence and uniqueness of an equilibrium point using nonlinear AC power flow model. Key to this end is to consider a nonlinear dynamical system with non-incremental local Volt/VAr control, cast the Volt/VAr dynamics as a game, and leverage the fixed-point theorem as well as pertinent contraction mapping argument. Numerical examples are provided to complement the analytical results.
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Conference: Presented at the 2016 North American Power Symposium (NAPS), 18-20 September 2016, Denver, Colorado
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National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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NREL Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD)
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United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; distribution systems; photovoltaic systems; voltage regulation; Volt/VAr control; game theory; stability