Optimization of recloser methods on medium voltage distribution networks

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Publicado en 3C Tecnología – Volumen 10 Número 3 (Edición 39)



Reassessing methods within a business is important as it can prove certain concepts could indeed work, improve current methods and reinforces knowledge to the assessors. The utility’s (Eskom) recloser placement methodology mainly focuses on improving their performance figures and reaching their performance targets and does not focus on the financial aspect of their methods. The purpose of this paper is to present a method that will optimize the placement of reclosers on medium voltage distribution networks. Eskom can by focusing on the financial aspects of the recloser placements, benefit by improving performance as well as saving money at the same time, especially during fault conditions. A cost-benefit analyses methodology is applied where data is derived from a medium voltage distribution network in the Free State that serves more than 2000 customers. The number of reclosers and the placement of them will be determined by using matrix tables and formulas. Data was extracted from the utility record systems. The findings suggested that a recloser can pay itself back within one year using this method. In order to make an informed decision as to the placing of a recloser on a medium voltage distribution network, it is recommended to use the proposed method. The proposed method will assist in the decision as to the viability of placing a recloser on a specific pole location. Future studies may be done by combining recloser placement methods with other protection sensing equipment like fault path indicators and current-voltage monitoring systems to isolate and find faults.


Palabras clave

Recloser, Placement methodology, Medium voltage distribution networks.

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