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Optimization and Design of PV-Wind Hybrid System for DC Micro Grid Using NSGA II

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The world is heading towards renewable energy, but the two key disputes that stop its well-known adoption are the power production level and the price of the production. Distributed generation (DG), and hybrid systems with battery backup are the solution for uninterrupted power supply. It is obtained using the Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithm (NSGA II). Techno-economic methodology is used in this proposed system for the size optimization. The result is based on the system cost, in order to meet the load requirements. The effect of temporal sampling is optimized using low-rate temporal data. It is compared with hybrid DC microgrid, which has been optimized using high temporal resolution data.

Received 21 March 2016; accepted 24 May 2016; published 27 May 2016

1. Introduction

DC distribution systems have been making popularity owing to the high efficiency of power supply and high reliability in operation. The renewable energy sources interconnect with utility grid due to improved energy demand and decreasing fossil energies. Very random and intermittent power is generated using RES. Renewable energy sources along with storage system gives a continuous power supply. PV, wind generation and battery storage system in a DC microgrid system are illustrated in Figure 1. To avoid integration problems present in the hybrid energy systems, DC distribution system is the one way of solution [1] [2] . Usage of renewable energy improves because conventional sources are depleting rapidly. Anyway, two main limits exist: power production and cost of apparatus. DC schemes are becoming more and more important due to the high effectiveness, compared to AC systems [3] [4] .

For the energy storage, a battery bank is used to mitigate fluctuations in the generation. This will absorb the

Figure 1. System diagram.

surplus power and provide beneath varied in operational conditions. The considered analysis has been formerly used for evaluating standalone distributed photovoltaic systems [5] . Zonal DC microgrids along with solid state transformer (SST) integrate with microgrids. The solid-state transformer using the dc and ac links which provides the coordinate power management is discussed in [6] . The islanded hybrid scheme is implemented in [7] [8] , suitable to the chance actions of the solar insolation and wind energy; sizing of the renewable sources is the worldly resolution of composed data to pay for satisfactory results [9] , especially on gloomy times. Multi- Objective Genetic Algorithm (MOGA) [10] - [12] is capable to take benefit for renewable sources alternatively of trusting only on numerical models. Microgrid is the solution for electrifying the remote areas and rural areas. Generation and storage blocks for each system which are sized in a proper way to meet the yearly load and minimize the overall cost for the systems have been proposed in [13] - [15] . In [16] , a hybrid WG/ PV/FC system is planned for a 20-year period of process. A hydrogen tank is used as the storage system. Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) is applied for this optimization. In [17] a potential solution has been examined to alter PV power plants to get in the electricity markets, when reducing the extra costs deduced from the launching of an energy storage system.

The main improvement of this paper is to regulate the sizing and cost of the system; the overall system is shown in Figure 1.

The problem is initially conceived based on MOGA technique. Pareto front is used for the function of engineering tradeoff. Effectiveness function is to solve problems of the multi-objective difficulty, insecurity study, unpredictable nature of the wind speed and insolation. Applying MOGA as the optimization technique, studying elevated temporal resolution insolation data indicates that the system convenience is increased for buck potential price balancing to formal hybrid system sizing [18] . The system is employed to minimize the excess capacity to use high resolution insolation data for PV system. Techno-economic principle also used to ensure a reliable energy supply with lowest investment has been proposed in [19] [20] . In this paper mathematical modeling of the various system components will be discussed. Then, the model becomes more realistic, when the system regards the financial aspects such as price increases, interest, and growth will be added.

2. Mathematical Model

The objectives of the system are mathematically expressed for optimization. The highest priority to feed the DC bus has the output power of PV and wind generator. If the inadequate power generation, the storage system can be discharged to a certain amount of power to feed the DC bus. Then, a certain quantity of power obtained from grid to supply the load, if there is still lacking power. Hence, the lowest priority is the imported power from grid. In this research purpose, two objective functions are viewed, one is for system cost and another one is for power availability and these are considered as two separate single objectives. The minimization of system cost incorporates initial cost and operational & maintenance cost are used as the first objective. This is given by Equation. (1),


Maximization of power availability is considered as second objective. This given by Equation (2),



APV is the PV surface area.

AWind is the wind footprint area.

PCapBatt is the battery capacity.

Ѱ is the ratio of power imported from grid.

2.1. Cost

The system price comprises of the price of PV panels, battery bank and wind turbines. The total system price ($/year) admits initial price and operational & maintenance price, developed as,



CGrid is price of power from grid;

N is the life cycle of the scheme;

Ii is the initial price of the scheme;

OMi is the operational & maintenance price.

2.2. Availability

The facility of the system to provide power to the load called as availability. The availability can be developed for duration under condition T as,




A is the index of availability;

DNM is the demand not met (kWh/year);

PBattMIN is the minimum allowable storage level at time;

PBattSOC is the state of charge of battery bank at time t.

2.3. System Constraints

The chance of getting accurate results from of any optimization problem is depending upon the consideration of all influencing parameters as constraints. The constraints available in this problem are identified and listed as follows.

The available area for PV panels and wind generators installation limit,



The imported power from the grid limit,


The total generated power limit,


To improve system performance insecurity analysis must be zero, the lower limit for wind turbines is selected to be about 100 m2. The numerical values of design constraints are taken from Table 1.

The wind parameters and numerical values are shown in Table 2.

The total generated power must be less than the demand in order to dodge high sizing the system and totaling exorbitant cost.

3. NSGA II Optimization for the Proposed System

The Genetic algorithm is an evolutionary artificial intellect method that adopted as a soft computing tool in various applications, incorporating engineering, science and commerce. It having the following steps: the codification of individuals, population creation, estimation, crossover, mutation and selection. A key element of NSGA-II is the concept of domination, according to which a solution P1 is said to dominate another solution P2 in an M objective functions problem, if both of the following conditions are true:

i) The solution P1 is not worse than solution P2 in all objectives, or

ii) The solution P1 is strictly better than solution P2 in at least one objective or

If either of these conditions is not true, the solution P1 does not dominate the solution P2, or P2 is non- dominated by P1. If both of the conditions are true, solution P1 does dominate solution P2, or P2 is dominated by P1.

The consequences of optimization explain as a pair of non-dominated results, known as Pareto front. MOGA treats GA as its two crucial novel techniques in order to attain good multi-objective optimization. These two new developments are crowding distance and non-dominated sorting. By applying pair of methodologies GA and MOGA algorithm has made, known as Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm-II. A process is executed with the smallest rank and then results with the next smallest rank and this process will continue up to get optimal solution. This procedure extends until the number of results in the parent population advances N. To find the next offspring population crossover and mutation operators are executed. The design procedure, the latitude and the meteorological conditions are the most important conditions are the geographical location. Hence, the design procedure in the first step is to determine the geographical location.

Based on the location, to find the evaluations for the wind generator and PV array conditions such as weather data and usable wind and solar resources are used. For the objective functions the available roof area, desired lifetime, and desired availability of power and maximum imported power from the grid limits are considered as design constraints. Finally, by using the optimization procedure illustrated in Figure 2, the Pareto Front is found

Table 1. The numerical values of design constraints.

Table 2. Constraints numerical data.

Figure 2. Optimization procedure for proposed system using NSGA II.

using a pair of similarly good results that increase the accessibility of power production and reduces the overall cost of the hybrid system. Thus, the Pareto Front to desire the exclusive plan from the set of viable designs based on particular tendency that enables engineering tradeoff analysis. Unpredictable nature of solar and wind, the uncertainty analysis is added.

4. Results and Discussion

In this paper the system analysis is done for two sections: Not Considering uncertainty and considering uncertainty. The case “value function” means the under certainty and the condition “utility function” means a under uncertainty. Objectives and attributes are used as methods for designing the utility function, also permanent allotment will completed. The availability and cost are the attributes in this paper. Attribute space to a utility value an n-dimensional as follow,



Which allow the ranking of alternatives, then modify all parameters to same size, often called “pricing out”. The hybrid system optimization, general form of value function is given by,


where the weighing factors are and this done by the developer. For the DC distribution systems the developer are indifferent from the accessibility and price, where

The two cases are shown in Table 3; in case 1, is accepted to be equal to, here the cost and availability are an indifferent. In case 2, additional weight is added to the price than availability in the utility. As required review of the optimal solutions of the Pareto Front of the system Figure 3, exposes that the of the system cost increased significantly. This section resembles the proposed modeling strategy of the DC microgrid with decision data to standard sizing strategy based on hourly National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB).

The unmet demand can be further decreased in the utility function by adjusting the weighting factor of avail-

Table 3. Optimized hybrid system design variables for two cases with uncertainty.

Figure 3. Pareto front of the optimal solutions of the system.

Table 4. Comparison of results: NSGA II vs. GA.

ability and cost. The proposed modeling increases availability of DC microgrid as load so it reduces the overall system price. Operationally, this intends the system enhances comfortable to transmit and control. Cram the ability of a smart grid communication system, the surplus power produced, which is “exporting” added to the utility grid. The Table 4 gives the information about various design parameters and results from NSGA II.

Comparison of NSGA II vs. GA

NSGA II results are matched to the GA results and it’s shown in Table 4. The design parameters are optimized applying the NSGA II. These results are compared to the GA. From the result, the sizing of the system parameters cost was decreased and the same time power availability will increase than the GA.

5. Conclusion

The proposed system considers over sizing the system for an eminent percentage of availability by applying accurate and raised high temporal resolution data. The main goal is to attain a common representation that measures the availability and cost of renewable energy systems for DC microgrid. High temporal data are achieved in the proposed system, which is utilized to improve the hybrid system based on Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithm (NSGA II). The results of NSGA II are compared with GA results; cost is reduced rapidly in NSGA II method. The Pareto Front is used for better results in MOGA. Final optimal solution is achieved by availability and cost function. The optimization is made for the case without uncertainty on an available resource. This proposed analysis gives a reliable energy supply with the lowest investment.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Cite this paper

Sathishkumar, R. , Malathi, V. and Premka, V. (2016) Optimization and Design of PV-Wind Hybrid System for DC Micro Grid Using NSGA II. Circuits and Systems, 7, 1106-1112. doi: 10.4236/cs.2016.77094.


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