Estimation of Composite Load Model Parameters using an Improved Particle Swarm Optimization Method

P. Regulski, Damian Vilchis-Rodriguez, Sinisa Durovic, V. Terzija

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    Power system loads are one of the crucial elements of modern power systems and, as such, must be properly modelled in stability studies. However, the static and dynamic characteristics of a load are commonly unknown, extremely nonlinear, and are usually time varying. Consequently, a measurement-based approach for determining the load characteristics would offer a significant advantage since it could update the parameters of load models directly from the available system measurements. For this purpose and in order to accurately determine load model parameters, a suitable parameter estimation method must be applied. The conventional approach to this problem favors the use of standard nonlinear estimators or artificial intelligence (AI)-based methods. In this paper, a new solution for determining the unknown load model parameters is proposed-an improved particle swarm optimization (IPSO) method. The proposed method is an AI-type technique similar to the commonly used genetic algorithms (GAs) and is shown to provide a promising alternative. This paper presents a performance comparison of IPSO and GA using computer simulations and measured data obtained from realistic laboratory experiments.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)553-560
    Number of pages8
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2014


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