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Dong J.R.,Hohai University | Zheng C.Y.,Hohai University | Zheng C.Y.,Water Resources and Sustainable Development Research Center | Kan G.Y.,Hohai University | And 3 more authors.
Applied Mechanics and Materials | Year: 2014

The practical hydrothermal system is highly complex and possesses nonlinear relationship of the problem variables, cascading nature of hydraulic network and water transport delay, which make the problem of finding global optimum difficult using standard optimization methods. This paper presents a new approach to the solution of optimal power generation to short-term hydrothermal scheduling problem, using shuffled complex evolution (SCE-UA) method. The proposed method introduces the new concept of competitive evolution and complex shuffling, which ensure that the information on the parameter space gained by each of individual complexes is shared throughout the entire population. This conducts an efficient search of the parameter space. In this study, the hydrothermal scheduling is formulated as an objective problem that maximizes the social welfare. Penalty function is proposed to handle the equality, inequality constraints especially active power balance constraint and ramp rate constraints. The simulation results reveal that SCE-UA effectively overcomes the premature phenomenon and improves the global convergence and optimization searching capability. It is a relatively consistent, effective and efficient optimization method in solving the short-term hydrothermal scheduling problem. © (2014) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland. Source

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