Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Amin Khodaei, Ph.D.


Distribution network reconfiguration, Energy storage, Hosting capacity, Reactive power control


Increased deployment of distributed generation (DG) can adversely impact the operational performance of distribution networks. This increment can potentially change network power flow and result in several operational issues such as reduced power quality, overvoltage, and ineffective protection. In order to quantify the degradation bounds of distribution operation due to increasing DG integration, the concept of hosting capacity is introduced. The aim of this thesis is to increase the DG hosting capacity in distribution network by proposing several wire and non-wire solutions. To this end, these solutions include network reconfiguration, reactive power control, and energy storage system deployment. The network reconfiguration can change the power flow in the system while the reactive power control can decrease the voltage rise and power loss in the system, which lead to increase in hosting capacity. The energy storage systems can be utilized to locally capture DG generation, which leads to an increase in the hosting capacity. This thesis introduces an optimization- based hosting capacity method developed based on a linear power flow model to optimally determine DGs hosting capacity. Numerical simulations on a radial distribution test system illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed solutions.

Publication Statement

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Rights Holder

Abdulrahman Almazroui


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

43 p.


Electrical engineering