Contribution of active management technologies to the reliability of power distribution networks Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2020

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 9


  • 114919


  • 267

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0306-2619

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1872-9118


  • Active Network Management (ANM) technologies represent an effective tool for increasing the penetration of Distributed Generators (DGs) in electrical distribution systems. Under normal operating conditions, these technologies allow a massive integration of renewable generation without exceeding rated values of electrical equipment. In addition to that, these technologies can be used to restore the supply when there is a network outage, yet this additional use has been commonly neglected in reliability studies. In this paper a novel methodology to assess the contribution of ANM technologies to reliability of distribution networks is proposed. Technologies like renewable DGs with controllable output power, on-load tap-changers (OLTC) transformers, demand control solutions and soft open points (SOPs) are all included in the reliability study. Coordinated operation of these technologies during outages and performance of multi-terminal SOPs are also modelled and evaluated. The proposed methodology was tested on two distribution networks. The contribution of different ANM technologies to reliability was assessed and their benefits confirmed.


  • Industrial Engineering


  • active network management; distribution networks; optimisation; reliability assessment; soft-open points