Modeling and Solution of Economic Dispatch Problem for GTCC Units


Economic dispatch problem lies at the kernel among different issues in GTCC units’ operation, which is about minimizing the fuel consumption for a period of operation so as to accomplish optimal load dispatch among units. This paper has analyzed the load dispatch model of gas turbine combined-cycle (GTCC) units and utilizes a quantum genetic algorithm to optimize the solution of the model. The performance of gas turbine combined-cycle units varies with many factors and this directly leads to variation of model parameters. To solve the dispatch problem, variable constraints are adopted to correct the parameters influenced by ambient conditions. In the simulation, comparison of dispatch models for GTCC units considering and not considering the influence of ambient conditions indicates that it is necessary to adopt variable constraints for the dispatch model of GTCC units. To optimize the solution of the model, a Quantum Genetic Algorithm is used considering its advantages in searching performance. QGA combines the quantum theory with evolutionary theory of genetic algorithm. It is a new kind of intelligence algorithm which has been successfully employed in optimization problems. Utilizing quantum code, quantum gate and so on, QGA shows flexibility, high convergent rate, and global optimal capacity and so on. Simulations were performed by building up models and optimizing the solutions of the models by QGA. QGA shows better effect than equal micro incremental method used in the previous literature. The operational economy is proved by the results obtained by QGA. It can be concluded that QGA is quite effective in optimizing economic dispatch problem of GTCC units.

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Y. Wang and H. Xiao, "Modeling and Solution of Economic Dispatch Problem for GTCC Units," Energy and Power Engineering, Vol. 5 No. 4B, 2013, pp. 294-299. doi: 10.4236/epe.2013.54B058.

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