Voltage Control Scheme Using Fuzzy Logic

for Residential Area Networks with PV
Generators in Saudi Arabia
R. A. Shalwala, Student Member, IEEE, and J. A. M. Bleijs, Member, IEEE

Abstract--One of the most important operational requirements
for any electrical power network for both distribution and
transmission level is voltage control. Many studies have been
carried out to improve or develop new voltage control techniques
to facilitate safe connection of distributed generation. In Saudi
Arabia, due to environmental, economical and development
perspectives a wide integration of photovoltaic (PV) generation in
distribution network is expected in the near future. This
development in the network may cause voltage regulation
problems due to the interface with the existing conventional
control system. Therefore, a new control system with PVs should
be developed. This paper introduces a new voltage control
scheme for residential area networks in Saudi Arabia based on
Fuzzy Logic concept (FL). The structure of two implementations
of FL controller to regulate the voltage by setting the on-load tap
changing transformer is proposed. In order to confirm the
validity of the proposed methods, simulations are carried out for
a realistic distribution network with real data for load and solar
radiation. Results showing the performance of each
implementation are presented and discussed.
Index Terms-- Distribution System, ETAP, Fuzzy logic
controller, Grid Connected, MATLAB, Photovoltaic Systems,
Saudi Arabia, Solar radiation, Voltage control

raditionally, the distribution network of the power system
is a passive network with a radial configuration.
Electricity flows one way from a substation to a large
distribution network. During normal operation or planning
period, a steady-state analysis of voltage regulation, system
losses, protection coordination, power quality, and system
reliability must be performed to ensure proper operation
within appropriate operating voltage range. Each utility has its
own operation and planning criteria depending on distribution
system characteristics and design criteria.
Currently, in Saudi Arabia, the exploitation of solar energy
as an alternative source of electric power is being considered
because of the abundant amount of irradiation and long hours
of sunshine. One way to achieve this is by using GridConnected
Photovoltaic systems (GCPV) on domestic dwellings directly
connected to the distribution network. This means that in the


This work was supported by the Ministry of High Education In Saudi
Arabia under Grant U208. The support of the Saudi Cultural Bureau in
London for sponsoring the fact-finding trip to Saudi Arabia to obtain the
required data is gratefully acknowledged.
R. A. Shalwala is with the Department of Engineering, University of
Leicester, Leicester, UK (e-mail: rs234@leicester.ac.uk).
J. A. M. Bleijs is with the Department of Engineering, University of
Leicester, Leicester, UK (e-mail: jamb1@leicester.ac.uk)

©2010 IEEE

future the system performance will be affected by PV
generators. According to [1-3] distributed generation has both
advantages and disadvantages for the system.
In this paper two implementations of fuzzy logic technique
have been used to maintain the voltage in a residential area
network with high penetration of PV generators in Saudi
Arabia. The ETAP simulation package has been used for
power flow calculation and the MATLAB software package
has been used to design the fuzzy logic controller.
Generally, distribution utilities deliver electric energy to
their customers within an appropriate voltage range to meet
customer requirements. For a radial configuration the bus
voltage, voltage drop, power flow, and power loss can be
calculated by using a simplified model such as the two-bus
system as shown in Fig. 1 [4].
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Fig. 1. Model of a two-bus distribution system.
The model consists of a short distance line represented by a
series connection of resistance (R) and inductive reactance
(X). In this case, real and reactive power (
between bus #1 and bus #2 is described by (1) and (2).








is the voltage angle at bus #1
is the voltage angle at bus #2
is the admittance angle

Power loss between bus #1 and bus #2 is given by eq.(3):

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In addition, the voltage at bus #2 and the voltage drop
between theses buses can be calculated in terms of the voltage
at bus #1 by using (4) and (5), respectively.


In a typical distribution system there are many scenarios to
be considered, and to handle calculation in a large system,
power system simulation software is required. In this paper,
the power systems simulation package ETAP is used for
evaluating of steady-state performance under different load
and PV generation conditions.

1344 I4 I5 513 0. The line parameters of this branch are shown in Table I.5% of nominal voltages).and S9). Based on this information a detailed model of the distribution network has been created in ETAP. adjusted by the automatic voltage controller (AVC).Extreme load (based on the maximum capacity of customer circuit breaker) 2.0 Average Load Aug 40.1344 I1 I2 15 0.85.128+j0.S1. Since this study is concentrating on the effect of GCPV on the voltage regulation in the network under normal operation (no faults).128+j0. 3 shows the average daily load profile for this area during each month. 3. The current generation of PV inverters operate at unity power factor.R7. So. Since in this research Building Integrating photovoltaic (BIPV) system will be used to address the effect of such .0 Average 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 Time (hour) Fig.128+j0. a SG with unity power factor is used in ETAP to represent the PV generator.1344 Fig. I2.128+j0. The main branches can be interconnected through normally-open circuit breakers in the case of outage of one of the 110/11 kV transformers.Normal load (Annual Average load) 4. PV Generators PV generators are connected to the grid through powerelectronic inverters. R1.1344 I7 I8 648 0. connecting to a customer feeder through another stepdown11/0.128+j0.0 90.1344 I2 I3 327 0.. The following conditions of each consumer load in the network will be considered in this research: 1.0 Peak Load Feb Mar Laod (MW) 80.128+j0. This type of load can reach 65 per cent of the total load during summer and since the AC systems are motor-driven. RSF04..0 May 60. Average Daily load for a residential Area Jan 100..128+j0. the longest branch which is ISK11 will be the most sensitive because it will have the largest variations for the different load and irradiation scenarios. Each branch includes a number of secondary substations (labeled as I1.0 Apr 70. A. their behavior during steady state is similar to that of a Synchronous Generator (SG) with unity power factor.I9.38 kV transformer (see detail in Fig.1344 I6 I7 132 0. SYSTEM MODELING LINE PARAMETERS OF ISK11 The following model of a real distribution network in a residential area will be used as a base case in this paper (Fig.. Load Conditions Real load data for the selected residential area has been collected from the Saudi Electricity Company in the Western Region (SEC-WR) who has also provided details of the transformers and lines of the network.0 Oct 20.0 10.0 Jun 50. The minimum load is equal to about 30% of summer peak load. 2. The distribution network starts from the Station bus at 110 kV. This area includes 5000 residential properties. Test residential network with 3 branches There are 6 load nodes tapped off from each feeder. 2). A considerable part of the load is due to air conditioning (A/C) systems and in general the load reaches its maximum between noon and 16:00 h in summer. Average daily load of a residential area.. and ISK10) connecting to 3 branches.Peak load (Maximum Summer load) 3. this reduces the power factor (PF) of the total load to approximately 0..1344 I8 I9 255 0. Each branch is equipped with on-load tap changing transformer (LTCT) that has the ability of changing the voltage level of the branch at the main substation bus in small steps (0.128+j0.Light load (30% of peak load) B.TABLE I III. From Bus To Bus Lenghth (m) Impedance (Ω/km) ISK11 I1 1875 0. Fig. through a step-down 110/11 kV power transformer at each primary substation (ISK11..128+j0.2).1344 I3 I4 153 0.0 Jul Nov Dec Light Load 0.0 Sep 30.1344 I5 I6 396 0. Therefore.

Fig. the available roof area of the selected buildings must be known. since it depends mainly on measuring the branch current att the main substation end. connected to feeders along a ISK11 in Fig. Table T II shows the results for all scenarios. The current flowing from the LTCT will be very low. 7. together with the preferred position of tap chaanger. 5. Fig.Voltage profile of all feeders co onnected to ISK11 branch. In this case the PVs.-2. This creates an unpredictable and un ncontrolled situation where the voltage level of all nodes migh ht or might not be within acceptable limits. in order to reduce the number of tap ch hanging operations the best results are rounded to the nearestt preferred position of (5. consider one of the worse scenarios at light load and a maximum PV. 106 105 104 103 102 101 100 99 98 97 96 95 94 I1 I2 I3 I4 I5 I6 I7 I8 I9 Upper limit 1 2 Lower Limit 3 4 5 6 Customer Nodes Fig. which is no longer a good indication of the feeder status.5%. However. 4.0%. IMPACT OF PV ON PRESENT VOLTAG GE CONTROL At each branch of Fig. then the voltage profile along the feeders deepends mainly on Voltage % of Nominal Solar Radiation(W/m^2) 1100 1000 900 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 the PVs’ location. The solar radiation data for this study hhas been obtained from King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) which has 40 stations around the ccountry recording the solar radiation every 5 minutes.0% to +5. Also. . The AVR will therefore assume that the branch load is at thee minimum level.0%. 2. (0% Tap). are carrying the most of the branch lo oad. concentrating PV modules (CPV) with 40% efficiency has been assumed. The worse cases are shown in Fiig. It has been assumed that t the PVs are connected to each node in the system with equal power. The standard deviation for all vo oltage nodes in the system from the nominal is used to determine the best possible position of LTC (-5. The output power of the PV generator which will be delivered to the customer or the network can be estimated as: (6) Based on the previous information and bby using (6). The simulations show that both best b and preferred position for all scenarios improve the voltag ge level and keep it within the allowable limits for all customerss in the branch. which estimates the voltage drop oover the branch by measuring the branch current at the mainn substation end. SCENARIOS AND ASSUMPTION In order to proof that the adjusttment of the LTC only is sufficient to keep the voltage level along a the branch within the permissible level.4 kW to 36 kW. Average daily Solar Radiation Jan Max Radiation Voltage profile ( Light load. the range of power that can be generated using concentrating PV system between 9:00 to 15:00 for each single house is between 14.+2. So. 6. the system hass been simulated for all possible scenarios of load con nditions. This will w increase the life time for the tap changer and reduce the disturbances d in the system due to changing the LTC setting. The averaage available roof area for PV installation on houses in a residenntial area is about 100m .No PV IV. nventional voltage control It can be concluded that the con technique cannot properly adjust th he voltage level of feeders with various PVs connected to them m. However. coordination between PVs and the LTCT larger penetration and better voltage control. This figure comes from about 29 different designs of residential houses in Saudi Arabia. In this study.0% in n 0.system on voltage regulation.Minimum midday PV = 14. and the PV power factor.0 00 p. the load is assumed to be same for all houses. Therefore.5%. PV status and combinations. Max x PV&0% tap) Feb Mar Apr Minimum Midday Radiation May Jun Jul Aug No Radiation Sep Oct Nov 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 Dec Time (hour) Fig 4. and Fig. to make the scenarios more realistic a further 3 random conditions of the load feeders are also considered. To illustrate such a problem. Monthly average solar radiation. 5 shows the voltage profile of each feeeder in this case.+5%). The montthly average solar radiation that was recorded at Jeddah meteorology station for year 2002 is shown in Fig. 4 shows clearly the large amount oof solar radiation between 9:00 to 15:00 throughout the yeaar with minimum value of 400 W/m^2 and maximum valuee of about 1000 W/m^2. The preseence of GCPV on feeders makes the power flow bi-directionaal.5% steps). Also. and if the PVs connected to feeders are carrying most or alll the branch load. this method assumes that the poweer is unidirectional from the main substation bus (where the AVR is located) flowing to the end of the branch.u. a new technique must be developed to facilitate the L for safe integration. power generated. a 90% efficiency of the inverter is considered in designing the PV ggenerator in order to increase the penetration level. Jedddah 2002. 2 the voltage leveel is regulated by the AVR. hence it will adjust its voltage level to 1.4 kW 3.Max PV = 36 kW 2. However. A V. the followiing conditions for PV will be considered in this research: 1.

Therefore. The T controller consists of one input.0% R1LNPN Random1 No 97. and the ability y to explicitly set the tradeoff between energy costs and inteerior environment. Voltage profile of XLNPV scenario with prefferred position of tap ( Light load.34 +22.31 +00. High (H).95 -22.5% +2.0% 0.0% -5.56 +00.0% +2. By suitable selection of input-output linguistic variables and a rule base.5% -2. Normal (N). Possible features might include user-specified d overall control 'tightness' analogous to a control range.u. Low (L) and Very low (VL) as shown in Fig.12 00. High (H).5% LLMPV Light Max 103.0% R3LMPV Random3 101.33 +22. an nd simpler [6].) Centralized system +5.0% +2.5% R3LAPV Random3 Min 99.0% PLAPV Peak Min 98.0% +2.5% 0. .91 +11. 6.0% LLAPV Light Min 101.5% +5.19 +22. 7. 1st Implementation of FLC Fig.0% PLNPV Peak No 96.0% -2.5% Avr V Fuzzy Logic Controller Tap position 0.9. they conv vert the linguistic control strategy based on expert knowledgee into an automatic control strategy [5]. Upper limit Lower Limit Voltage % of Nominal Customer Nodes Fig. FUZZY LOGIC CONTROL ALNPV Average No 98. By providing an algorithm.5% XLNPV Extreme No 94.04 -11.5% XLMPV Extreme Max 99.0% LLNPV Light No 99. 1st Implementatiion of FLC 1) The membership of input and output o signals: Input: Average voltage (AvgV) of alll customers in the branch. in contrast to o mathematical models or other expert systems.0% I2 I3 I4 I5 I6 I7 I8 I9 1 2 3 4 5 6 Fig. Low (L) and Very Low (VL) as shown in Fig.5% R1LAPV Random1 Min 99.0% +5. with approximate terms and values.5% 0.0% 0. 9.5% PLMPV Peak Max 101.5% -2. Fuzzy logic controllers consist of a set of o linguistic control rules based on fuzzy implications and th he rules of inference. 8 shows the straight forward application of fuzzy logic controller based on the numerical solution for the preferred tap changer position at each scenario. and one output.10.71 -22.5% R3LNPV Random3 No 97.35 -44. Just as fuzzy logic caan be described simply as "computing with words rather than n numbers" fuzzy control can be described simply as "control with sentences rather than equations".0% -2.5% R2LAPV Random2 Min 98.5% -2.07 -22. the average customer vo oltage. Input membership function for 1st implementation of FLC Output: Tap changer setting (TC). Max PV & -5%tap) 106 105 104 103 102 101 100 99 98 97 96 95 94 I1 I2 I3 I4 I5 I6 I7 I8 I9 Upper limit Lower Limit 1 2 3 4 5 6 Customer Nodes Fig.44 +00. more compact.0% ALMPV Average Max 102.48 +22. closer adherence to set point conditions if desired.94 -44. v rather than forcing the use of precise statements and exact e values.43 -11.5% ALAPV Average Min 100.51 +33. thus making them more robust.58 -11.0% 0.0% XLAPV Extreme Min 96.33 +00. Normal (N).0% NLMPV No Max 104. a broad range of desirable control outcomes caan be achieved.39 +55. 8. This control system is simulated in MATLAB software.5% 0.5% R2LNPV Random2 No 96.5% +2. Voltage profile of LLMPV scenario with preferrred position of tap Input variable “Avg gV” Fig.0% R1LMPV Random1 Max 102. No PV & +5% tap) 106 105 104 103 102 101 100 99 98 97 96 95 94 Voltage % of Nominal Max I1 Fuzzy Logic Control (FLC) offers an alternative to conventional controllers when theree is no available accurate model of the system to be controlled d. the preferred tap changer setting. Very High (VH).5% Average Voltage +5.0% -2.0% +2.5% ( Extreme load.TABLE II VI. fuzzy logiic controllers allow the representation of imprecise human n knowledge in a logical way.5% -5. All customers voltages BEST & PREFERRED POSITION OF TAP CHANGER FOR R ALL SCENARIOS Average Scenario Load PV B Best Preferred V(p.5% 0.0% R2LMPV Random2 Max 101.32 +33. Very V High (VH).92 +33.5% +2.

the correlation between the local measurements in the system and the preferred setting have to be established based on engineering sense. B. 10.TABLE IV POWER FLOW MEASUREMENTS @ ISK11 FOR F SCENARIOS USING ETAP mentation of FLC Fig.5% R3LNPV 1168 720 +2. there are many techniqques other than FL can be used based on look-up tables for thee average voltage and then set the preferred tap changer possition which may does not give any advantages of using FLC. This makees this solution prohibitively expensive. the system in Fig.0% XLAPV -670 1480 +2. 11.0% LLNPV 200 99 0.0% PLAPV -127 974 +2. It is quite clear that there is a poositive correlation between the load of the branch and the reactiive power flow at ISK11.0% R1LNPN 1122 691 +2. Table IV shows the measurements of active power (P) and reacttive power (Q) at ISK11.5% ALAPV -915 486 0.0% R3LMPV -3046 841 -2. 12 can be set up. The small differences in Fig. .0% Fig.0% R1LMPV -3088 818 -2.5% R1LAPV -609 683 0.0% PLNPV 1619 1004 +5.5% PLMPV -2624 1082 0. 9 aree because the full range of variation in average voltage is not used in the numerical calculation (scenarios only). So.0% ALMPV -3382 638 -2. if all requiirements for this method are available.14. it needs the installation of a digital voltmeter at each customer to send the voltage values to a centrralized system via a communication network.5% R3LAPV -565 709 0.5% P @ ISK11 Q @ ISK11 Fuzzy Logic Controller Tap position 0. Numerical and Fuzzy Logic settingg for LTC The FLC gives almost the same results as the numerical solutions. Input membership function 1 forr 2nd implementation of FLC Input2: Active power (P) @ ISK11. 12. On the other hand therre is a negative correlation between the PV generation and the active power flow at ISK11. no PV→ high P (NoPV). 5% 4% 3% 2% 1% 0% -1% -2% -3% -4% -5% Numerical Fuzzy 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 1055 Average Costomer voltages Fig. 11 shows the difference between the numerically calculated and proposed FLC setting for the ttap changer.0% -2. 2nd Implementation of FLC In order to find a better solution than prevviously introduced for controlling the voltage in the branch without using a communication network and take advantaage of the FLC features.5% LLMPV -3946 315 -5. Scenario P@ISK11(kW) Q@ISK1 11(kVar) Preferred tap ALNPV 805 479 +2.0% LLAPV -1502 130 -2. Fuzzy Logic controllerr implementation 2 where: 1) The membership of input and output o signals: Input1: Reactive power (Q) @ ISK11.5% XLMPV -1859 1540 0. 13.5% XLNPV 2444 1549 +5.0% NLMPV -4134 208 -5. Fig.0% +2.5% +5.5% R2LNPV 1327 824 +2. as the load increases the reactivee power increases and vice versa. Output membership function for 1st implem 2) The control rules: TABLE III RULE TABLE FOR 1ST IMPLEMENTATION O OF FLC Input: AvgV VH H N L VL Output: TC VL L N H VH Tap changer Setting Fig.13. However. The m main advantage of this way of control is that it is independent oof branch and line parameters and can be applied to various tyypes of networks.5% R2LAPV -411 805 0.5% +5. Also. Minimum PV→ medium P (MinPV)) and maximum Power→ light P (MaxPV) as shown in Fig.0% R2LMPV -2899 927 -2. average load→ medium Q (ML) and light load→ light Q (LL) as shown in n Fig. According to the new relationnships. extreme and peak load→ high Q (HL).

C.B. 404-43 35. High (H). U. Guaraccino. G. . In order to optimizee this solution. Vol. The second implementation sho ows a novel technique to control the LTCT based on the pow wer flow information at the transformer itself.5% 1400 -4150 1550 950 1250 Reactive Power Q(kVar) 1100 650 800 350 [4] [5] [6] The authors would like to thanks KACST for providing the solar irradiance data. The key benefit of this implementation is that all m measurements are taken locally and there is no need for remotee communication. 1. U. P. Jul 21-25 2002. for each network k the FLC need to be set up based on analysis of the network load l data. Jenkins. pp. VII. Very Highh (VH). London . Nottin ngham. He is currently pursuing the Ph.15. In general.5% 0. 1996.mentation of FLC Fig. and G. No. UK. Normal (N). Laambert. 16. 54-61. pp. degree from King AbdulAziz Un niversity. F. 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It haas been found that both proposed FLCs have the ability to impprove the voltage profile of distribution network and keepp it within the permissible limits. Tap changer setting 5. Kirrschen.” Proceedings of Society Transmission and Distribution n Conference. Jul 21-25 2002.131-140 IX. So. Vol.K. M. His field of research covers a wide range of subjects in Renewablee Energy Conversion and Energy Storage.S. Strbac. Allan. Input membership function 2 for 2nd implem Output: Tap changer setting (TC). HIES X. This makes this solution simple and cheapp compared with other control technique. Issue 1.I. Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems. the membership for the input has to be tuned byy determining the preferred position numerically for the poweer flow values in the transition region. 22 – 29. Davis. Crossley. Fuzzy Logic set for LTC based on powerr flow @ ISK11 The controller gives the preferred tap chaanger position for all scenarios when the values of P and Q value of each scenario have been used as an input to the this system. "Fuzzy Logic in Control Sy ystems: Fuzzy Logic Controller. Bruant. the results are encouraging and warrant further investigation using the fuzzy logic concept in such problems. Shalwala a received the B. Since 1991 he has been a Lecturer in Electricaal Engineering in the Department of Engineering at th he University of Leicester. D. 16 shows the tap changer settings for poossible range of P and Q using the proposed FLC. Murray W. MacGregor. ACKNOWLED DGMENT Fig. The first implementation is asssociated with significant costs due to hardware cost and the need to widespread communication infrastructure but itt can be applied to many networks since it is independent on the t network parameters. both in electrical engineerin ng. in 198 82.D. Dounis. R." 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