Analysis of the effect of distributed generation on life expectancy of power cables
Article first published online: 18 FEB 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Transactions on Electrical Energy Systems
How to Cite
Mousavi Agah, S. M., Askarian Abyaneh, H. and Siano, P. (2013), Analysis of the effect of distributed generation on life expectancy of power cables. International Transactions on Electrical Energy Systems. doi: 10.1002/etep.1726
- Article first published online: 18 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 1 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 24 FEB 2012
- distributed generation;
- loss of life;
- power distribution economics;
- underground power cables
This paper presents a novel approach to quantify the effect of customer-owned distributed generation (DG) units on the life expectancy of power cables. Numerical results obtained from a realistic distribution system are presented and discussed under various scenarios, including different penetration levels of DG technologies. The results show that despite differences among various DG technologies, significant benefits can be realized in the area of power cable life extension, when DG units are installed by low-voltage customers. However, the extent of the benefits largely depends on the penetration level of DG units, the production pattern of DG technologies and the utilization factor of the analyzed cables. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.