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Blueprint for Iteratively Hardening Power Grids Employing Unified Power Flow Controllers
Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE International Conference on System of Systems Engineering, 2007
  • William M. Siever
  • Ann K. Miller, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Daniel R. Tauritz, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Abstract

A stable electricity supply is vital for modern society. However, many parts of our power transmission grid are operating near their operational limits. Such stressed systems are vulnerable to cascading failures, where a few small faults can induce a cascade of failures potentially leading to a major blackout The unified power flow controller (UPFC), the most powerful highspeed, semi-conductor based power flow device, can be used as a theoretical model to study how these devices can be used to improve power grid resilience. The blueprint presented here can be used to iteratively identify critical weaknesses in power grids and to recommend a means of fixing these weaknesses via the installation of UPFCs. This approach to hardening the power transmission grid will make it less prone to blackouts and better able to forestall or reduce the severity of unavoidable blackouts.

Meeting Name
2007 IEEE International Conference on System of Systems Engineering, 2007
Department(s)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Second Department
Computer Science
Keywords and Phrases
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection,
  • Evolutionary Algorithm,
  • FACTs,
  • Power Grid,
  • UPFC
Document Type
Article - Conference proceedings
Document Version
Final Version
File Type
text
Language(s)
English
Rights
© 2007 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.
Publication Date
9-24-2007
Citation Information
William M. Siever, Ann K. Miller and Daniel R. Tauritz. "Blueprint for Iteratively Hardening Power Grids Employing Unified Power Flow Controllers" Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE International Conference on System of Systems Engineering, 2007 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/daniel-tauritz/19/