Impact of recloser on protecting blind areas of distribution network in the presence of distributed generation

Jalal Sahebkar Farkhani, Arsalan Najafi, Mohammad Zareein, Radu Godina, Eduardo M. G. Rodrigues

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Abstract

The protection relay issues increase with the penetration of distributed generation (DG) units in distribution networks. Blind protection, sympathetic tripping and failure of reclosing are the frequent problems that are created by adding DG to the distribution networks. This research focuses on the impact of reclosers on overcurrent relay blind protection areas with DGs embedded in the distribution network. The protection blinding in overcurrent relays leads to a delay or non-tripping of the relay. The conventional solution for the blinding issue is to increase the sensitivity in the relay settings. The variation of relay settings may cause problems in the distribution network. This paper investigates the effect of reclosers on eliminating blind areas and improves the reliability in the presence of DG. In this way, possible blind points of the case study are detected, and recloser relays are then installed in appropriate locations. The case study is based on realistic data of a distribution network. The DG consists of two generators with a capacity of 4 MW. The simulation is performed in DIgSILENT software.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5092
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Volume9
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Blind protection areas
  • Overcurrent relay
  • Protective relay
  • Recloser
  • Reliability

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