INTERPLAN’s report on a “Method for clustering distributions grid” focuses on describing an approach for clustering electricity grids covering the different use cases for semi-dynamic and integrated grid operation planning (covering all network levels) and reflects the work done related to identification and characterisation of a clustering method in the project.
The energy transition, from a central fossil fuel-based energy supply to more dispersed sustainable sources is changing the loading of distribution grids and low voltage (LV) grids in particular.
The electrification of transportation and heating loads increases the electricity demand at household level, while rooftop PV systems generate electricity at residential level and can lead to bidirectional power flows.
LV-grids have been built over the past decades and were not designed to meet these load changes and to host electricity generation. Therefore, LV network planning is becoming more and more important to deal with the reinforcing of the LV-grid in the most cost-effective way.
The report introduces an approach for the identification of a clustering method by analysing the existing clustering methods. It proposes a specific clustering method to be used for the purpose of the INTERPLAN project.