Journal of Water Resource and Protection

Volume 6, Issue 16 (November 2014)

ISSN Print: 1945-3094   ISSN Online: 1945-3108

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A Two-Stage Approach for Large-Scale Cascaded Hydropower System Operations

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DOI: 10.4236/jwarp.2014.616142    5,547 Downloads   6,556 Views  Citations


The paper presents a two-stage approach to cope with the long-term optimal operation of cascaded hydropower systems. This approach combines progressive optimality algorithm (POA) with quadratic programming (QP) to improve the optimization results. POA is used at the first stage to generate a local optimal result, which will be selected as the initial feasible solution of QP method employed at the second stage. Around the initial solution, a rational local search range for QP method is then determined, where the nonlinear water level function and tailrace level function can be linearized nearly with high accuracy. The simplified optimization problem is formulated as a QP model with a quadratic generation function and a linear set of constraints, and solved using the available mathematic optimization software package. Simulation is performed on the long term operation of Hongshui River hydropower system which is located in southwest China and consists of 9 built hydropower plants. Results obtained from the proposed approach show a significant increase in the total energy production compared to the results from POA.

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Shen, J. (2014) A Two-Stage Approach for Large-Scale Cascaded Hydropower System Operations. Journal of Water Resource and Protection, 6, 1553-1560. doi: 10.4236/jwarp.2014.616142.

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