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Comprehensive evaluation model of wind power accommodation ability based on macroscopic and microscopic indicators


This article explores and establishes comprehensive evaluation index system of wind power accommodation ability considering microscopic index and macroscopic index, and the index system includes conventional evaluation indexes such as forecast deviation, simultaneity factor and anti-peak rate, also newly introduced evaluation indexes such as installed capacity, power adequacy and accommodation space. Bayesian weight modified method is used for solving index weights of 8 wind power accommodation indexes. The paper puts forward a comprehensive evaluation model of wind power accommodation ability based on improved radar chart method, and this model changes traditional radar chart fan-shaped sector to quadrilateral evaluation region, and increasing angle bisector can solve the problem that evaluation results are not unique. It constructs new area and perimeter vectors of radar chart, which make the evaluation results give consideration to level of aggregation and balance degree of evaluation objectives, and case study results show that this model has a certain practical value.

1 Introduction

Wind power has volatility, intermittent and randomness characteristics, and it is different from thermal power, hydro-power and nuclear power. Wind power’s output synchronously changes according to wind speed with volatility characteristics, and these characteristics also increase difficulty of wind power accommodation to grid effectively. At present, effective accommodation for large-scale wind power is a difficult problem, and many countries are also in the hard work and exploration. In power grid planning and construction, wind farms are often located in remote areas with weak grid construction, and wind power accommodation ability is very limited. How to evaluate wind power accommodation ability has already become one of the most important content of electric power researchers, and this problem for power grid operation and wind power development is of far-reaching significance.

Assessment of wind power accommodation ability is based on many factors including power supply, power grid, and load. Its objective is to evaluate wind power or electricity in power system that can be admitted within the agreed time scale and spatial scale. This is a multi-objective optimization problem. It is not only to consider system security, but also to consider economic and environmental issues. And how to find optimal solution for the multi-objective problem is the pursuing goal of vast number of electric power scholars. Prerequisite of evaluating wind power accommodation ability is analyzing its influence factors, references [1,2,3,4] made in-depth discussion on the key issues of wind power accommodation and its influence factors. Based on the analysis of wind power development in China, reference [1] learned from the advanced experience of Europe, United States and other countries, and discussed the factors affecting wind power accommodation from system regulating capacity, power transmission capacity, wind power technology performance, wind power dispatching and operation level, and proposed measures to promote wind power accommodation from the aspects of technology, theory, policy, in the light of development characteristics of China power grid. References [2,3,4] carried out assessment of wind power accommodation ability considering actual situation of regional and provincial power grids. Reference [2] made the calculation of peak regulation capacity, and provided accommodation ability range of wind power considering peaking constraint, while reference [3] proposed wind power assessment method of accommodation ability allowed wind abandoned in a small amount in the difficult peaking period. Existing evaluation and analysis of wind power accommodation ability focus on the qualitative analysis level despite clear thinking and rich content, but due to lack of necessary practical experience, they are still difficult to get effective application.

Purpose of study on the problem of wind power accommodation is to guide the actual gird operation and to achieve reliable accommodation of renewable energy in power grid. Therefore, it is more practical to study wind power accommodation considering actual grid situation. Reference [5] looked at wind power accommodation problem in the perspective of low carbon, and put forward the development of renewable energy heating and electric vehicle charging mode according to renewable energy distribution and load characteristics. Its purpose is to promote effective accommodation of renewable energy and to reduce carbon emissions and environment pollution. Reference [6, 7], respectively, proposed new research ideas for the analysis of wind power accommodation ability of actual power grids, and reference [8] presented assessment method of wind power accommodation ability based on Balmorel model, and carried on verification analysis in a provincial power grid.

Many scholars have carried out in-depth research for wind power accommodation. In reference [9], dynamic response index was put forward for wind power fluctuation, it also discussed wind power accommodation factors from voltage, power grid and load angles, and more specifically described the effect mechanism of wind power accommodation. Reference [10] constructed multi-objective day-ahead assessment model of wind power accommodation ability for its maximum and economy accommodation, and proposed an evaluation model based on fuzzy multi-objective optimization. For the contradiction between conventional thermal power and renewable energy after wind power and other renewable energy access network, reference [11] constructed grid dispatching decision-making model considering wind power accommodation ability, to coordinate the optimal operation between conventional thermal power and renewable energy. Reference [12] creatively proposed online rolling revision strategies of generation plan that could effectively improve grid accommodation ability for wind power, and optimized and coordinated with conventional day-ahead plan scheduling and dispatching. This theory has laid an important foundation for subsequent accommodation ability assessment of wind power in multiple time scale. In references [13,14,15,16,17], calculation and analysis of wind power accommodation ability were carried out combined with actual area power grids, including combination of local accommodation and outward transportation accommodation [14], offshore wind power accommodation mode [16], overseas typical experience of wind power accommodation [17]. The above research further extends the theory and practical application of wind power accommodation ability assessment, and opens up research ideas. But these research methods were only from a certain point of view, not from a more comprehensive and systematic point of view to study wind power accommodation ability assessment.

Assessment of wind power accommodation ability is a systemic problem, restricted by many factors. This paper opens a new road and explores the establishment of comprehensive evaluation index system of wind power accommodation ability from two aspects of microscopic index and macroscopic index, covering power energy, power structure, load level, wind power characteristics, technical level and so on. Then, it introduces Bayesian weight modified method to solve index weight coefficients, and adopts improved radar chart method for the comprehensive assessment of wind power accommodation ability. This method is intuitive and convenient, which can be effectively applied in actual operation of power grid.

2 Evaluation index system of wind power accommodation ability

Through the analysis of references at home and abroad, it can be seen that most are in qualitative analysis for a regional accommodation ability of wind power and its influencing factors, and the references with quantitative assessment are relatively less. Existing quantitative evaluation is focused on calculating grid accommodation wind power electricity or energy [11, 13, 15]. There is lack of consensus on how to measure the accommodation ability of power grid [18], while in practical work there is also lack of index system to measure a regional accommodation ability of wind power, which has become the problem to be solved in evaluation of renewable energy accommodation ability.

This paper will do comprehensive evaluation of wind power accommodation ability, and its foundation is to establish corresponding evaluation index system. Considering many factors affecting the accommodation ability of wind power, it mainly involves minimum technical output of units, load level, system balance capacity, power supply, wind power technology, transmission channel and so on. For convenience of index analysis, this paper divides many indexes into macroscopic and microscopic indexes according to global or local factors that affect accommodation ability of wind power. For example, minimum technical output of generating units and technical level of wind power belong to microscopic indexes, while load level and power structure belong to macroscopic indexes. According to index design principles such as systematicness, observability and correlation, this paper designs comprehensive evaluation index system of wind power accommodation ability from macroscopic and microscopic perspectives. Different from conventional evaluation index system, the macroscopic and microscopic indexes proposed in this paper are not a kind of direct statistical indicators, but comprehensive indicators formed by a variety of related factors.

2.1 Macroscopic indicators

Macroscopic indicators reflecting wind power accommodation ability are considered from the point of view of the whole network. They could play an important role in the analysis and provide reference for wind power accommodation study. The macroscopic indicators establishment of this paper is mainly from 4 aspects such as installed generation capacity, generation energy, power supply structure and accommodation space. And its metering cycle is set on a monthly average [19, 20].

  1. (1).

    Installed Capacity Index (ICI) is defined as the ratio that installed generation capacity outnumbering maximum load of the local area. Under the condition of certain load level, the larger the installed generation scale, the more limited the system accommodation ability will be [21]. This index is different from installed generation capacity, and compares installed generation capacity with load level to form a relative index, which is an indirect reflection of local wind power accommodation ability. It can be expressed as:

$$ {I}_C=\left(\frac{C}{L_1}-1\right)\times 100\% $$

Where: C represents the total installed capacity of power supply in a region, and L1 represents the local maximum load. Installed capacity index IC characterizes the degree that power supply capacity exceeds load. When this ratio is greater than a certain value, the power of the area is superfluous. For example, the total installed capacity of some provincial grid in 2014 is 40,000 MW, and its maximum load is 25,000 MW, and calculation result of the installed capacity IC is 60%.

  1. (2).

    Electricity Consumption Index (ECI) is defined as the proportion within a certain period of time that electricity generation outnumbers electricity consumption. This index is different from power generation or electricity consumption index of the whole power grid. The comparison results of the above two indexes are taken as an index to measure wind power accommodation ability of the local power grid [22], which could reflect the magnitude of system accommodation ability. It can be expressed as:

$$ {I}_E=\left(\frac{E_G}{E_U}-1\right)\times 100\% $$

Where: EG represents electricity generation of all supply in theory in a certain period of time, and EU is the total electricity consumption. Electricity consumption index IE characterizes the surplus degree of grid electricity generation, and when IE is larger than a certain value, indicating that electricity excesses in this region. What’s more, electricity accommodation index IE discussed in this paper does not consider power delivery situation, which will be considered in microscopic indexes.

  1. (3).

    Power Adequacy Index (PAI) is defined as the ratio of the difference of maximum adjustable output and minimum technical output to maximum prediction output of wind power. The index is influenced by maximum adjustable output, minimum technical output and maximum forecasting output of wind power. It comprehensively reflects the influence of the above 3 factors on accommodation ability of wind power [23]. It can be expressed as:

$$ {I}_P=\frac{P_{\mathrm{max}}-{P}_{\mathrm{min}}}{P_w}\times 100\% $$

Where: Pmax and Pmin are respectively the maximum possible output power of the whole system and its minimum technical output, and Pw is the forecast maximum output of wind power. Power adequacy index IP represents the adequacy of all power sources to accommodate wind power in the entire grid, and when the index IP is less than a certain value, it shows that the power supply of local grid cannot meet the rapid growth of wind power.

  1. (4).

    Accommodation Space Index (ASI), which is defined as the ratio of actual generating capacity of wind power to generating capacity in theory, can be expressed as:

$$ {I}_A=\frac{E_A}{E_F}\times 100\% $$

Where: EA and EF are respectively actual generating capacity of wind power and forecasting generating capacity. Actual generating capacity of wind power can be calculated by time sequel production simulation method, and wind power generating capacity in theory can be obtained by using wind energy resources calculation. Accommodation space IA directly reflects the wind power accommodation ability of grid (usually less than 100%), less value of which means less accommodation space, and when its value is less than a certain value, abandoned wind problems of power grid in this region would be more serious.

2.2 Microscopic indicators

The microscopic index reflecting accommodation ability of wind power is based on influence factors, that make the establishment of comprehensive evaluation index, and each factor represents one important aspect of accommodation ability of wind power in some degree. The difference between microscopic and macroscopic indications is that the latter reflects the global problems of wind power accommodation, while the former can only reflect one aspect of the problems, but may also have a profound impact on the accommodation ability of wind power [24]. This article establishes index system mainly from the following 4 aspects: wind power transmission section margin, fluctuation characteristics, forecast deviation and anti-peak regulation proportion.

  1. (1)

    Section Margin Index (SMI), which is defined as the ratio of the difference between power supply and local maximum load to the relevant section limit, can be expressed as:

$$ {I}_S=\frac{C_L-{L}_2}{Q}\times 100\% $$

Where: CL is the power supply installed capacity within the cross section of wind power, L2 is local maximum load, and Q is the section limit. The outer transmission ability of wind power is reflected by the section margin index IS, and when IS value is larger than a certain value, it indicates that wind power transmission ability is limited, and transmission limitation situation of wind power may be serious.

  1. (2)

    Simultaneity Factor Index (SFI), is the probability of maximum power generation of wind farm, which is a probability statistical index. It is defined as the ratio of maximum generation output of the day to total grid-connected capacity in the same day. It reflects the characteristics of local wind power output, and is usually expressed as percentage value:

$$ {I}_{SF}=\frac{P_{w\max }}{\sum \limits_{i=1}^n{P}_{i, RC}}\times 100\% $$

Where: Pwmax and Pi,RC are respectively day wind power maximum output and rated capacity of connected units, simultaneity factor index ISF reflects the wind power characteristics, often affects wind power accommodation. The highest and lowest simultaneity factor within a certain period are usually applied, and this paper adopts the average value of highest simultaneity factor.

  1. (3)

    Forecast Deviation Index (FDI), which is defined as the difference between actual wind power output and forecast value, can be expressed as:

$$ {I}_{FD}=\frac{\left|{P}_F-{P}_A\right|}{P_A}\times 100\%,\kern0.5em \left({P}_A\ne 0\right) $$

Where: PF and PA are respectively the forecast output and actual value of wind power. Forecast deviation index IFD is also a statistical indicator in different time scales, which reflects the level of wind power forecasting technology, and its accuracy will affect the power grid day-ahead planning and scheduling [25]. When this index value is too large, regular power supply needs to make corresponding power adjustment for the deviation, and it will affect wind power accommodation level in severe cases.

  1. (4)

    Anti-peak Rate Index (ARI), which is defined as the proportion of wind power output rising in peak period and descending in valley period, can be expressed as:

$$ {I}_{AP}=\frac{T_L+{T}_H}{T}\times 100\% $$

Where: TL and TH are respectively the anti-peak time of wind power in peak period and valley period, and T represents the total statistics cycle. This index reflects the probability that wind power output characteristics will react to peak regulation characteristics of grid. During the circle, wind power output decreases at peak period, but increases at valley period, which is not conducive to wind power accommodation.

3 Bayesian weight modified method

After determining the index system of wind power accommodation ability, it’s needed to determine the weights of each index. Considering that the macro indexes and micro indexes of wind power accommodation ability evaluation proposed in this paper are all formed by comprehensive calculation of grid’s many aspects. Indicators in this paper are designed manually, although the basic data are generated by actual operation of power grid, there is still a certain degree of subjectivity. Therefore, in order to ensure the feasibility and reduce subjective impact, here Bayesian weight modified method will be applied. Bayesian weight modified method revises index weights (subjective weights) given by experts using Bayesian formula, and then uses the least square method to establish index weight optimization model, and gives the exact solution, so as to achieve the combination objective of subjective weights and objective weights [26, 27]. Specific steps are as follows:

  1. (1)

    Standardization treatments of evaluation matrix. Let index data matrix of each evaluation point A = {A1, A2, …, An}, the collection of indicators is G = {G1, G2, …, Gm}. The attribute value of evaluation point Ai to index Gj is yij (i = 1, 2, …, n; j = 1, 2, …, m), the evaluation matrix is:

$$ Y={\left({y}_{ij}\right)}_{n\times m}=\left[\begin{array}{l}\ {\mathrm{y}}_{11}\kern0.5em {\mathrm{y}}_{12}\dots \kern0.5em {\mathrm{y}}_{1m}\\ {}\ {\mathrm{y}}_{21}\kern0.5em {\mathrm{y}}_{22}\dots \kern0.5em {\mathrm{y}}_{2m}\\ {}\kern1em \dots \kern1.6em \dots \kern1.1em \dots \kern1.1em \dots \\ {}\ {\mathrm{y}}_{n1}\kern0.5em {\mathrm{y}}_{n2}\dots \kern0.5em {\mathrm{y}}_{nm}\end{array}\right] $$

Generally, indexes are divided into benefit-type index and cost-type index. Normalization treatment of benefit-index Gj (such as ISF) is as follows:

$$ {r}_{ij}=\frac{y_{ij}}{\max \left\{{y}_{ij}|1\le i\le n\right\}}\kern1em \left(1,2,\kern0.5em \dots \kern0.5em ,n\right) $$

Normalization process of cost-type index Gj (such as IAP) is as follows:

$$ {r}_{ij}=\frac{\max \left\{{y}_{ij}|1\le i\le n\right\}}{y_{ij}}\kern1em \left(1,2,\kern0.5em \dots \kern0.5em ,n\right) $$

Then the standardized evaluation matrix is:

$$ {R}_A={\left({r}_{ij}\right)}_{n\times m}=\left[\begin{array}{cccc}{r}_{11}& {r}_{12}& \dots & {r}_{1m}\\ {}{r}_{21}& {r}_{22}& \dots & {r}_{2m}\\ {}\dots & \dots & \dots & \dots \\ {}{r}_{n1}& {r}_{n2}& \dots & {r}_{nm}\end{array}\right] $$
  1. (2)

    The weight determination of each evaluation point. In the view of probability theory, subjective weight can be understood as the prior probability, and the weight of a certain evaluation point can be understood as posterior probability that is determined with test. In specific evaluation of wind power accommodation ability, correction should be given to the subjective weights.

The subjective weights of the indexes are u1, u2, …, um, and then the probability of Gj is:

$$ \sum \limits_{j=1}^mP\left({G}_j\right)=\sum \limits_{j=1}^m{u}_j=1,\kern1.5em \left(j=1,2,\kern0.5em \dots \kern0.5em ,m\right) $$

Under the index Gj, the probability of evaluating point Ai is:

$$ P\left({G}_j|{A}_i\right)={r}_{ij}\kern1em \left(i=1,2,\kern0.5em \dots \kern0.5em ,n;\kern0.5em j=1,2,\kern0.5em \dots \kern0.5em ,m\right) $$

rij is formed by yij after standardization, which is determined by the actual situation of each evaluation point. The unified index weight ω(i) of the whole evaluation system is calculated on the basis of rij, so rij is viewd as the conditional probability of Ai given Gj. Using Bayesian formula, the weight of index j in evaluation point Ai (posterior probability) is:

$$ P\left({G}_j|{A}_i\right)=\frac{P\left({G}_j\right)P\left({A}_i|{G}_j\right)}{\sum \limits_{j=1}^mP\left({G}_j\right)P\left({A}_i|{G}_j\right)}=\frac{u_j{r}_{ij}}{\sum \limits_{j=1}^m{u}_j{r}_{ij}}={\omega}_j^{(i)}\kern0.5em \left(i=1,2,\kern0.5em \dots \kern0.5em ,n;\kern0.5em j=1,2,\kern0.5em \dots \kern0.5em ,m\right) $$

Therefore, the index weight vector of evaluation point is: ω(i) = (ω1(i), ω2(i), …, ωm(i)). For each evaluation point, the favorable index is strengthened, and the disadvantage index is weakened.

  1. (3)

    Determination of comprehensive evaluation weights. Let index weight as ωj (j = 1, 2, …, m), by the expectation benefit method, the evaluation value of point Ai is:

$$ {f}_i=\sum \limits_{j=1}^m{\omega}_j^{(i)}{r}_{ij} $$

We should choose the weight vector ωj (j = 1, 2, …, m), and for the overall value evaluation of overall evaluation points, the smaller the better, for which the following least squares optimization evaluation model is established:

$$ \left\{\begin{array}{l}\min \sum \limits_{i=1}^n\sum \limits_{j=1}^m{\left({\omega}_j-{\omega}_j^{(i)}\right)}^2{r}_{ij}^2\\ {}s.t.\kern1em \left\{\begin{array}{l}\sum \limits_{j=1}^m{\omega}_j=1\\ {}{\omega}_j\ge 0,\kern0.5em j=1,2,\kern0.5em \dots \kern0.5em ,m\end{array}\right.\end{array}\right. $$

To solve the above model as a Lagrange function:

$$ L=\sum \limits_{i=1}^n\sum \limits_{j=1}^m{\left({\omega}_j-{\omega}_j^{(i)}\right)}^2{r}_{ij}+2\lambda \left(\sum \limits_{j=1}^m{\omega}_j-1\right) $$

Let \( \frac{\partial L}{\partial {\omega}_j}=0 \), \( \frac{\partial L}{\partial \lambda }=0 \), so that the weight vector of the indexes is obtained:

$$ {\omega}_{m1}={\left({\omega}_1,{\omega}_2,\cdot \cdots \cdots, {\omega}_m\right)}^T $$

4 Comprehensive evaluation model based on radar chart

Based on refinement and calculation of assessment indicators of wind power accommodation ability, this paper introduces radar chart method to comprehensive evaluation. Radar chart method is applied to multi-index comprehensive evaluation model, and it draws radar chart of each evaluation object according to normalized value of each index. Then, derived indicators including area and perimeter of radar chart, could be calculated in a unified agreement rule condition. The quantitative calculation and analysis could be conducted based on the area and perimeter of radar chart, and then gives some qualitative evaluation results or multi-object evaluation compositor. The advantage of radar chart method is intuitive and visual, and its operation is convenient.

4.1 Basic principles of radar chart method

The radar chart analysis method is a common method to display multiple variables, which can map a multi-dimensional space to two-dimensional space. It also can be used to do quantitative comparative analysis by calculating radar chart area. Feature vector of radar chart can be extracted to carry out a specific evaluation, and then to evaluate the objects using evaluation function. The traditional radar chart method is a typical method of graphic analysis that does comprehensive evaluation by extract area and perimeter of the graphics. Figure 1 is a typical radar chart.

Fig. 1
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Radar chart for the comprehensive evaluation with multi-index

In the process of multi-index evaluation using radar chart method, if area value is larger, the overall advantage of evaluation object is larger; and the smaller the area is, the smaller the overall advantage is. When the area of a radar chart is certain, small perimeter value indicates that the radar chart is close to a circle. That is to say, each index corresponding to the order statistics tends to balance, the trend of evaluation object indicators is more coordinated, and the conclusion is opposite with larger perimeter value. However, with regard to the traditional radar chart evaluation method for the same evaluation object, the area and perimeter feature vectors are closely related to index compositor, even using the same index system. Feature vector value is different with varying compositor, so that the evaluation results are diverse, and may even be completely contrary to original evaluation results. In view of this shortcoming, radar chart method will be improved based on existing references.

4.2 Improvement of radar chart evaluation method

In order to solve non-uniqueness problem of evaluation result of radar chart method, reference [28] proposes the improvement of using diagonal line to change triangle region to quadrangle region and solves the problem of index sequence impacting evaluation results. Reference [29, 30] improves the radar chart and feature vectors, which can achieve the quantitative and qualitative assessment to assessment objectives. In this paper, the authors will synthesize the idea of the above documents and make the following improvements to traditional radar chart method:

  1. (1)

    This paper changes angle averaging approach of traditional radar chart method, and adopts corresponding one-to-one relationship between index weight and sector angle, as shown in Fig. 2, regional angle of sector OAB and OBC, respectively corresponds to the weight values of index 1 and 2, and weight ωi could be conversed to angle value θi according to following formula:

Fig. 2
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Improved radar chart

$$ {\theta}_i=2{\pi \omega}_i $$
  1. (2)

    In order to solve the problem that the evaluation result is not unique, it is necessary to draw a diagonal line of the fan region of each index. OP1 and OP2 in Fig. 3 represents the specific value of index 1 and 2, respectively, which can be used to evaluate the corresponding feature vector (mainly includes area and perimeter) of quadrangle OAP1B and OBP2C as evaluation basis of index 1 and 2.

  2. (3)

    Each index is set to extract area and perimeter as feature vector ui = (Si, Li), and then the evaluation vector could be constructed as follows:

Fig. 3
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Radar chart assessment of wind power accommodation ability in Jibei

$$ {v}_i=\left({v}_{i1},{v}_{i2}\right) $$

Where: vi1 is the evaluation vector area, and the higher the numerical value is, the higher the overall level of evaluation object is, and vi2 is the evaluation vector perimeter, the greater the value is, the better the equilibrium of evaluation object is. The construction method is as follows:

$$ \left\{\begin{array}{l}{v}_{i1}=\frac{S_i}{\max \left({S}_i\right)}\\ {}{v}_{i2}=\frac{S_i}{\pi {\left[\raisebox{1ex}{${L}_i$}\!\left/ \!\raisebox{-1ex}{$\left(2\pi \right)$}\right.\right]}^2}=\frac{4\pi {S}_i}{L_i^2}\end{array}\right. $$

Finally, the evaluation result of index i is obtained:

$$ {f}_i=\sqrt{v_{i1}\cdot {v}_{i2}} $$

It is not hard to see that the evaluation function represented by formula (23) can meet the basic requirements such as regularity, monotone, and continuity, so that the evaluation results will not change with small changes in the index.

  1. (4)

    Compared with traditional radar map method, advantages of improved method are mainly reflected in 3 aspects. Firstly, evaluation index is extended to periphery of radar map (OP1 as shown in Fig. 2). Secondly, the influence of index weight on sector region of radar map is optimized. Thirdly, the relative order of all indexes is eliminated by introducing angular bisection line (mainly influence index extraction area Si). As for wind power accommodation ability assessment, some of assessment indicators after standardization may appear outside of radar map. The evaluation indicators are independent of each other and have inconsistent impact on assessment results. Therefore, the order of assessment indicators should not affect assessment results. Generally speaking, the improved method in this paper is close to actual wind power accommodation ability evaluation index. However, on the other hand, the improved radar chart method will make operation process more complicated and increase calculation and drawing workload.

5 Case study

5.1 Basic data acquisition

The boundary conditions [31, 32] of each wind power accommodation ability evaluation indicator are shown in Table 1.

Table 1 The boundary conditions of wind power accommodation ability evaluation indicators

In this paper, 4 provincial power grids in three-north region of China (North, Northwest and Northeast China) are selected as the evaluation objectives of wind power accommodation, respectively including Jibei (in North China), Gansu (in Northwest China), Liaoning (in Northeast China) and Jilin (in Northeast China). They are in terms of existing certain problem on wind power accommodation, based on statistical data in 2014, which could be calculated according to the formula (1) to (8), as shown in Table 2.

Table 2 Comprehensive evaluation data of wind power accommodation of some provincial power grids (%)

It is necessary to explain that due to the difficulty of data acquisition and data quality reasons, the data of wind power accommodation assessment selected in this paper is optimized on the basis of actual wind power operation in a certain degree, including deletion, modification and filling, only for evaluation examples usage. And the results may be slightly different from actual wind power.

5.2 Evaluation steps of wind power consumption

5.2.1 Index weight calculation

According to the formula (9)-(19), 8 evaluation index weights of wind power accommodation are calculated: ω = (0.141, 0.111, 0.111, 0.146, 0.09, 0.136, 0.156, 0.108). The benefit-type indicators include Installed Capacity IC, Power Adequacy IP, Accommodation Space IA and Simultaneity Factor ISF, and cost-type indexes include Electricity Consumption IE, Section Margin IS, Forecast Deviation IFD and Anti-peak Rate IAP.

According to the formula (20), weight ωi could be conversed to angle θi: θ = (50.7, 40.0 40.0 52.7 32.5, 49.0, 56.3, 38.7), and then radar chart could be mapped according to θ.

5.2.2 Drawing radar chart

According to the improved radar chart method of Section 4, radar charts of 4 provincial power grid could be mapped, including Jibei, Gansu, Liaoning and Jilin, as shown in Fig. 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Fig. 4
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Radar chart assessment of wind power accommodation ability in Gansu

Fig. 5
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Radar chart assessment of wind power accommodation ability in Liaoning

Fig. 6
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Radar chart assessment of wind power accommodation ability in Jilin

5.2.3 Assessment results of wind power accommodation ability

The radar chart vector area and perimeter of wind power accommodation ability assessment of 4 provincial power grids could be calculated. With improved radar chart method and formula (21) and (22), evaluation vector and evaluation results can be obtained, as shown in Table 3.

Table 3 The comprehensive evaluation result of wind power accommodation ability

6 Discussion

  1. (1)

    Based on improved radar chart method, wind power accommodation ability of 4 provincial grids could be comprehensively evaluated. The evaluation results in descending order is: Jilin, Gansu, Liaoning and Jibei, Gansu and Liaoning have little difference, the advantage of Jilin is obvious, and Jibei is relatively poor.

  2. (2)

    From the point of view of radar chart appearance, the radar chart area and perimeter corresponding to 8 wind power accommodation ability assessment indexes of each provincial power grid are fixed, and don’t change with their relative position. It can be seen that relative merits of each index are obvious, so improved radar chart method achieves the effect and radar chart assessment method is intuitive and visual to show wind power accommodation ability of assessment objectives. It provides a new idea for qualitative and quantitative evaluation of wind power accommodation ability.

  3. (3)

    From the perspective of single evaluation vector, such as area and perimeter of radar chart, the radar chart area 2.98 of Gansu is minimum, Liaoning’s 4.19 is largest, and descending order of radar chart area is Liaoning, Jibei, Jilin and Gansu. The radar chart perimeter 7.20 of Jilin is minimum, Liaoning’s 12.82 is maximum, and descending order of radar chart and descending order of radar chart perimeter is Jilin, Gansu, Jibei and Liaoning. The larger the radar chart area is, the greater of the overall evaluation advantage, and smaller perimeter shows the better equilibrium of evaluation indexes.

  4. (4)

    By comparing the evaluation results of this paper to reference [28], assessment results sorting of wind power accommodation ability in reference [28] is Liaoning, Jibei, Gansu and Jilin, which is different from this paper’s results. Analyzing the reasons, reference [28] just simply used reference of radar chart area and perimeter for evaluation, but failed to reflect the interaction and impact of indexes. After the improvement of this paper, one kind of feature vector with unique properties is proposed, which takes into account both the radar chart evaluation vector area and perimeter of evaluation objects, and ensure the stability of evaluation process. Therefore, the improved radar chart method will get better application in future power grid operation, and has better objectivity and practicality.

It should be pointed out that this paper only chooses typical data of some provinces for evaluation and analysis, and simplifies some data. There may still be some related indicators that have not been fully considered. The main purpose is to verify the effectiveness of the radar chart introduced in this paper. There are still a lot of work to be done in the follow-up, including the model improvement, adaptability analysis of engineering practice, improvement of index system.

7 Conclusions

  1. (1)

    This paper designs integrated assessment index system of wind power accommodation ability from macroscopic and microscopic angles. Macroeconomic indicators include installed capacity, power consumption, power adequacy and accommodation space index, and microscopic indicators include section margin, simultaneity factor, prediction deviation and anti-peaking rate index.

  2. (2)

    The weights of 8 indexes are solved by of Bayesian weight modified method. The method uses the least square method to establish index weight optimization model. The combination of subjective weights and objective weights makes weight calculation results more practical.

  3. (3)

    Radar chart method is introduced to integrated assessment of wind power accommodation ability, and the method is intuitive and vivid. For traditional radar chart method with not unique assessment results, this paper makes diagonal processing to fan-shaped area corresponding to each indicator, and also constructs a new evaluation feature vector based on area and perimeter feature vectors of radar chart, taking into account comprehensive level and balance degree of evaluation objects. Finally, wind power accommodation ability of 4 provincial power grids is verified, and case study results show that this method has a certain practical application value.

  4. (4)

    Regarding the future research direction of related content of the manuscript, the authors think that there are still several key points to be studied in depth, including the selection of specific indicators, the determination method of index weight, the application improvement of radar chart, etc.. Especially, the establishment of index system is the key of the research. How to select appropriate macroscopic and microscopic indicators is directly related to the evaluation results. In the future, the authors need to analyze the differences between all kinds of indicators in depth and choose more appropriate indicators as research objectives so as to make the evaluation results closer to the engineering reality, so that the research will be more meaningful.

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This work is supported by project of the National Key Research and Development Program Foundation of China (2016YFB0900100).


This work is supported by project of the National Key Research and Development Program Foundation of China (2016YFB0900100).

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Gengyin L and Guodong L conceived and designed the study. Guodong L and MZ performed the engineering example verification. Gengyin L and Guodong L wrote the paper. Guodong L, Gengyin L and MZ reviewed and edited the manuscript. All authors read and approved the manuscript.

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Li, G., Li, G. & Zhou, M. Comprehensive evaluation model of wind power accommodation ability based on macroscopic and microscopic indicators. Prot Control Mod Power Syst 4, 19 (2019).

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  • Wind power accommodation ability
  • Comprehensive evaluation
  • Macroscopic index
  • Microscopic index
  • Index weight
  • Radar chart method