Assessing the voltages and currents in a large Dutch regional power distribution grid

W.H.P. van Westering, J. Heres, T. Dekker, M. Danes, Hans Hellendoorn

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractScientific


Modeling low voltage networks poses a challenge to Distribution System Operators (DSOs) because the low voltage networks generally consists of millions of cables. This paper provides a method to model congestion problems and applies this to such a large low voltage network. By modifying the load model of a customer, a linear load flow model was created. Using a custom
sparse solver model, all instantaneous currents and voltages were calculated for the network of Liander DSO, containing over 20 million cables and 3 million power customers. The model took only 30 seconds to simulate the entire network. The results shows that the network of Liander DSO can accommodate quite a large number of solar power installations with relative ease. Also, stepchange transformers are shown to have quite some potential to solve voltage issues that can arise due to solar power.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventEnergy-Open 2017: International workshop - Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 18 May 201719 May 2017


WorkshopEnergy-Open 2017


  • Distribution grid
  • Energy transition
  • Power quality
  • Voltage problems
  • Load flow approxinations


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