Agent-based reactive power management of power distribution networks with distributed energy generation

M. S. Rahman*, M. A. Mahmud, A. M.T. Oo, H. R. Pota, M. J. Hossain

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

27 Citations (Scopus)


In this paper, a new agent-based distributed reactive power management scheme is proposed to improve the voltage stability of energy distribution systems with distributed generation units. Three types of agents - distribution system agent, estimator agent, and control agent are developed within the multi-agent framework. The agents simultaneously coordinated their activities through the online information and energy flow. The overall achievement of the proposed scheme depends on the coordination between two tasks - (i) estimation of reactive power using voltage variation formula and (ii) necessary control actions to provide the estimated reactive power to the distribution networks through the distributed static synchronous compensators. A linear quadratic regulator with a proportional integrator is designed for the control agent in order to control the reactive component of the current and the DC voltage of the compensators. The performance of the proposed scheme is tested on a 10-bus power distribution network under various scenarios. The effectiveness is validated by comparing the proposed approach to the conventional proportional integral control approach. It is found that, the agent-based scheme provides excellent robust performance under various operating conditions of the power distribution network.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-134
Number of pages15
JournalEnergy Conversion and Management
Early online date30 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Agent-based reactive power management of power distribution networks with distributed energy generation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this