WIT Press


Minimizing Energy Consumption In Railways By Voltage Control On Substations

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CR140581

Volume

135

Pages

12

Page Range

697 - 708

Published

2014

Size

620 kb

Author(s)

A. U. Raghunathan, T. Wada, K. Ueda & S. Takahashi

Abstract

We propose an optimization method for minimizing energy consumption in DCelectrified railways where the trains are fitted with regenerative brakes. Reduction in energy consumption is achieved by controlling the voltage at the substations in real time. Conditional constraints are employed to model the behavior of trains and substations. This allows us to relax some of the imposed limits thereby enlarging the operating envelope of system and increasing the potential for energy savings. The conditional constraints are modeled using complementarity constraints which are smooth and differentiable. The optimization problem is an instance of a Mathematical Program with Equilibrium Constraints (MPEC). A numerical example with 42 trains and 8 substations is used to illustrate the savings from the method and the computational times. The proposed approach is shown to reduce energy consumption by about 3% over 2:5 minute of operation, recover about 97% of the regenerated energy while computing the optimal voltages in real time (< 1s). Keywords: substation voltage control, regenerative braking, conditional models, complementarity constraints, mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints, energy reduction.

Keywords

substation voltage control, regenerative braking, conditional models, complementarity constraints, mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints, energy reduction.