A comparison of improved nature-inspired algorithms for optimal power dispatch

Gaddafi Sani SHEHU, Nurettin ÇETINKAYA


The influencing factors associated with efficient operation of power systems are minimum fuel cost and losses in transmission line. Optimal Power Dispatch (OPD) problem is treated to minimize instantaneous operating cost, incremental cost, and transmission line losses considering various network operating constraint. Newly developed Nature-inspired optimization algorithms approach are proposed in this analysis with robust parameter selections. The results of most popular Genetic Algorithm (GA) and based on swarm behavior Particle Swam Optimization (PSO) are compared with four Nature-inspired metaheuristic algorithms of Cuckoo Search (CS), Bat Algorithm (BA), Flower Pollination Algorithm (FPA), and Firefly Algorithm (FA). The quadratic cost function of power generation and penalty function to account for inequality constraints on dependent variables are added for solving OPD problem.  A common algorithms evaluation parameters such as population size and generation limit are designated on equal scale. Explicit parameters for each algorithm are tuned properly for optimal operations. The algorithms are tested on IEEE-26 and IEEE-30 system. Analysis Outcomes obtained show case the efficiency of each algorithms parametric turning improvement.


fuel cost; nature-inspired optimization, optimal power dispatch, parametric turning

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