Finding multiple optimal solutions to optimal load distribution problem in hydropower plant

Liu, Pan, Nguyen, Tri-Dung, Cai, Ximing and Jiang, Xinhao (2012) Finding multiple optimal solutions to optimal load distribution problem in hydropower plant. Energies, 5, (5), 1413-1432. (doi:10.3390/en5051413). (In Press).


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Optimal load distribution (OLD) among generator units of a hydropower plant is a vital task for hydropower generation scheduling and management. Traditional optimization methods for solving this problem focus on finding a single optimal solution. However, many practical constraints on hydropower plant operation are very difficult, if not impossible, to be modeled, and the optimal solution found by those models might be of limited practical uses. This motivates us to find multiple optimal solutions to the OLD problem, which can provide more flexible choices for decision-making. Based on a special dynamic programming model, we use a modified shortest path algorithm to produce multiple solutions to the problem. It is shown that multiple optimal solutions exist for the case study of China’s Geheyan hydropower plant, and they are valuable for assessing the stability of generator units, showing the potential of reducing occurrence times of units across vibration areas.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1996-1073 (print)
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
T Technology > TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Law > Southampton Management School > Management Science
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Mathematical Sciences > Operational Research
ePrint ID: 338250
Date Deposited: 17 May 2012 11:27
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:21

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