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Hybrid Open Points: an Efficient Tool for Increasing Network Capacity in Distribution Systems

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Matthew Deakin, Dr Ilias Sarantakos, Dr David Greenwood, Professor Janusz Bialek


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IEEEThis letter introduces the Hybrid Open Point (HOP), a device consisting of an electromechanical switch connected in parallel with a power converter, for the purpose of providing additional network capacity in interconnected distribution systems. The HOP switch is used for bulk power transfer at low-cost, whilst the HOP converter provides targeted power transfer when the HOP switch is open. The device can replace either a Normally Open Point (Type 1 HOP) or a Normally Closed Point (Type 2 HOP). Simple interconnection and teed interconnection configurations are studied considering fault level and radiality constraints, with realistic use-cases identified for both HOP types. The HOP is shown to provide secure network capacity more cost-effectively than the classical Soft Open Point.

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Author(s): Deakin M, Sarantakos I, Greenwood DM, Bialek JW, Taylor P, Ming W, Patsios H

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery

Year: 2022

Volume: 37

Issue: 2

Pages: 1340-1343

Print publication date: 01/04/2022

Online publication date: 20/12/2021

Acceptance date: 02/04/2020

ISSN (print): 0885-8977

ISSN (electronic): 1937-4208

Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.


DOI: 10.1109/TPWRD.2021.3136772


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