Title: Artificial bee colony algorithm for solving economic dispatch problems with non-convex cost functions

Authors: Souhil Mouassa; Tarek Bouktir

Addresses: Electrical Engineering Department, University of Chlef, 0002, Algeria ' Electrical Engineering Department, University of Sétif 1, 19000, Algeria

Abstract: The main aim of this paper is to propose an efficient and reliable algorithm to solve the economic dispatch (ED) problem with non-convex cost functions in power systems, using artificial bee colony (ABC) algorithm. For techno-economic reasons along with the high computation time, the ED problem has undergone a significant amount of research over the last years, in an effort to find the more suitable optimisation algorithm which ensures a balance between the optimal economic contribution of each generating unit outputs and the required computation time. The proposed algorithm is applied to different non-convex ED problems, including prohibited operating zone (POZ) with ramp rate limits, valve point effects with consideration of the transmission network losses and the gaseous emission of the generating units. Four different test systems consisting 6, 10, 15, and 20 generating units are used to validate the consistency of the proposed algorithm to detect the optimal solution for a given objective. The simulation results clearly indicate that the ABC algorithm provides better results in term of quality solution and convergence speed compared to those available in the literature.

Keywords: artificial bee colony; ABC; economic dispatch; prohibited operating zone; POZ; ramp rate limit; valve point effects; emissions; emission dispatch; non-convex cost functions; power systems; transmission network losses; simulation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPEC.2017.083211

International Journal of Power and Energy Conversion, 2017 Vol.8 No.2, pp.146 - 165

Received: 03 Mar 2015
Accepted: 09 Nov 2015

Published online: 22 Mar 2017 *

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