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Multistage expansion planning of energy storage integrated soft open points considering tieline reconstruction
Protection and Control of Modern Power Systems volumeÂ 7, ArticleÂ number:Â 45 (2022)
Abstract
With the rapid development of flexible interconnection technology in active distribution networks (ADNs), many power electronic devices have been employed to improve system operational performance. As a novel fullycontrolled power electronic device, energy storage integrated soft open point (ESOP) is gradually replacing traditional switches. This can significantly enhance the controllability of ADNs. To facilitate the utilization of ESOP, device locations and capacities should be configured optimally. Thus, this paper proposes a multistage expansion planning method of ESOP with the consideration of tieline reconstruction. First, based on multiterminal modular design characteristics, the ESOP planning model is established. A multistage planning framework of ESOP is then presented, in which the evolutionary relationship among different planning schemes is analyzed. Based on this framework, a multistage planning method of ESOP with consideration of tieline reconstruction is subsequently proposed. Finally, case studies are conducted on a modified practical distribution network, and the costâ€“benefit analysis of device and multiple impact factors are given to prove the effectiveness of the proposed method.
1 Introduction
With the extensive integration of distributed generators (DGs), the operating conditions and challenges of active distribution networks (ADNs) are becoming increasingly complex [1]. This makes higher demands on system controllability [2]. To satisfy the flexible operating requirements of ADNs, novel power electronic devices of energy storage (ES) integrated soft open points (ESOP) are employed [3]. As a novel power exchange device based on the fullycontrolled power electronic devices [4], ESOP can replace traditional tieline devices and realize accurate feeder power flow control. With the extra equipped energy storage, ESOP can provide highquality flexibility for the operation of distribution systems [5].
SOP integrated with energy storage is promising for improving the operational benefits of distribution networks. It has three main advantages. First, the topology based on backtoback voltage source converters provides a possibility for combining the SOP and energy storage, as the energy storage battery can be installed at the DC link via a DCDC converter with a relatively lower investment cost. Second, by controlling the charging and discharging of the energy storage, ESOP further realizes continuous power flow regulation from the spatialâ€“temporal aspects. In addition, the compatible form of ESOP is highly modularized and is suitable for various applications.
Based on the highly modular converter structure, the configuration of ESOP is diversified [6], and the number of terminals and capacities of each converter can be flexibly designed. Because of the multistage expansion requirement of ESOP [7], the integrating location and configured capacities should be considered. Through appropriate device configuration, the flexible power flow regulation ability of ESOP can be fully utilized [8].
SOPbased techniques can play significant roles in distribution networks with high penetration of DGs. Reference [9] proposes a novel optimization method to coordinate SOPs and electric vehicles to effectively promote the maximum hosting capacity of photovoltaic generation in distribution networks. In [10], an efficient conservation voltage reduction (CVR) methodology is proposed based on the coordination of inverterbased DGs and SOPs. Because the location and sizing of SOP have critical impacts on control, in recent years many studies focus on the planning issues of SOPbased devices [11].
To improve the economic benefits of SOPs, reference [12] proposes a twostage robust model and derives the optimal SOP allocation schemes. In terms of distribution networks with high DG penetration, reference [13] proposes an SOP planning method to reduce the operational cost of ADNs. In fault situations, SOPbased flexible distribution devices can provide voltage support to ensure an uninterrupted power supply [14], while by further considering the reliability of ADNs, a planning method for SOP is proposed in [15] to realize quick supply restoration after natural disasters. In [16], a planning model of SOP is established to maximize the resilience of distribution networks. In addition, the optimal scheme of SOP can also be coordinated with multiple devices [17], while through optimizing the allocation of SOPs and DGs, reference [18] formulates a coordinated planning model to improve the economy, flexibility and controllability of ADNs. In [19], a method is proposed to optimize the locations and sizing of DGs, capacitor banks and SOPs.
As an important flexibility resource, energy storage can be integrated with SOPs to provide a fullyrenewable power supply [20]. Compared with the design of original SOPs, ESOPs offer a promising new solution to balance the system power temporally and spatially. Apart from power transfer, ESOPs are capable of regulating feeder power over a time scale. Through charging/discharging of energy storage in ESOP, the temporal and spatial dispatch for renewable energy can be realized. Considering the device coordination of ESOP, reference [21] proposes an ES planning model and obtains a better economic construction scheme, whereas based on the direct current (DC) links of SOPs, a robust scheduling model of ESOP is established to promote energy savings [4].
The above studies mainly focus on the ESOP with a predefined infrastructure. In practical construction, the configuration of ESOP is more complicated. The number of terminals, integrating location and configured capacity of each converter should be considered comprehensively. However, the existing studies only refer to the limited device configuration schemes, so is difficult to satisfy the flexible operational demands of interconnected ADNs.
To support the rapid growth of system load and renewable energy [22], many studies have looked at the longterm expansion planning problems of ADNsÂ [23]. By restructuring the substations, capacitor banks and voltage regulators, a multistage planning method is proposed in [24] to reduce the longterm investment cost. To alleviate the voltage deviation caused by DGs, reference [25] formulates a multiperiod planning problem for hybrid AC/DC networks, and while considering DG uncertainties, the various impact factors on network expansion and evolution approach are analyzed [26].
However, traditional planning faces some drawbacks. The physical network is still radial and the adjustment ability of conventional approaches is limited. To satisfy the regulation requirements, such as predefined DG penetration and secure voltage constraints, the resources in different feeders should be controlled cooperatively. With the allocation of ESOP, a flexible and interconnected architecture of the distribution network is established. The configuration of ESOP is also such that it can evolve in different stages to achieve maximum economic benefit. Not only can the equipped capacities of energy storage be expanded in and increasing fashion [27], but the terminal number of ESOP can also be configured flexibly. With the system operating demands varying over a long timespan, the evolutionary relationship among different ESOP planning schemes should be further considered. For example, for a twoterminal SOP, a multiterminal ESOP can be constructed by further integrating converters and energy storages.
Thus, existing studies on ESOP planning generally refer to device allocation in terms of the present system operational status. However, the optimal location and sizing of ESOP in multiple stages are critical to ensure the flexible and economic operation of ADNs. The longterm capacity expansion and scheduled scheme revolution of ESOP can be further considered. In addition, SOPbased flexible distribution devices are installed to replace conventional tielines, although how to reduce the investment cost of ESOP with tieline reconstruction remains to be investigated.
To address the flexible configuration problem of ESOP, this paper proposes a multistage expansion planning method considering tieline reconstruction. The main contributions are summarized as follows:

(1)
The multistage planning framework of ESOP is formulated, in which the evolutionary process of different planning schemes is elaborated. Based on the multiterminal modular expansion of ESOP, the flexible distribution devices can be fully used to adapt to the annual growth of DGs and loads.

(2)
An expansion planning model of ESOP is proposed taking into consideration tieline reconstruction. Through unified planning and multistage construction of ESOP, the device investment cost is significantly reduced.
The organization of the rest of the paper is as follows: Sect. 2 establishes the model of a distribution network with ESOP, while Sect. 3 presents the multistage expansion method of ESOP. In Sect. 4, the effectiveness of the proposed method is verified, and finally Sect. 5 concludes the paper.
2 Operational modelling of ADN with ESOP
Based on fullycontrolled power electronic devices, ESOP can regulate the power flow accurately. With integrated energy storage in DC links, the energy and power injected by DGs can also be effectively transferred from the time point of view. Through regulating ESOP, network loss and voltage deviation can be reduced to support the flexible operation of ADNs with high DG penetration.
2.1 Principle and modelling of ESOP
The main components of ESOP are voltage source ACDC and DCDC converters and storage batteries, as shown in Fig.Â 1. Derived from SOP, ESOP is equipped with energy storage in DC links [28] and realizes the flexible charging/discharging of active power [29].
2.1.1 Multiterminal converters of ESOP
To meet the diverse operational demands of ADNs, there is a variety of device configurations of ESOP. Compared with the twoterminal SOPs, the number of terminals of ESOP is not predefined in this paper. With DC links among multiple converters [30], different distribution networks can be interconnected and the device investment cost is more economical. The power transfer constraints of a multiterminal ESOP are given as:
where \({P}_{r,\omega ,t,k,i}^{\mathrm{AC}}\) and \({Q}_{r,\omega ,t,k,i}^{\mathrm{AC}}\) denote the active and reactive power injected by ESOP at node \(i\) in scheme \(k\) and scenario \(\omega\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\), respectively. \({P}_{r,\omega ,t,k,i}^{\mathrm{AC},\mathrm{L}}\) denotes the active power loss of ESOP at node \(i\) in scheme \(k\) and scenario \(\omega\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\), while \({P}_{r,\omega ,t,k}^{\mathrm{ES}}\) denotes the active power injected by ES of ESOP in scheme \(k\) and scenario \(\omega\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\). \({S}_{r,k,i}^{\mathrm{AC}}\) denotes the capacity of the ACDC converter at node \(i\) in scheme \(k\) during stage \(r\).
Among the constraints above, constraint (1.a) represents the relationship of active power transferred by ESOP converters, constraint (1.b) represents the power loss of each converter, and constraint (1.c) denotes the capacity limit of each converter.
2.1.2 Energy storage part of ESOP
Because of the volatility of DG outputs, it is difficult to directly use the generated renewable energy [31]. To enhance the operational complementary capability of ADNs, energy storage can be integrated to provide an efficient power supply for loads [32]. By fast charging/discharging of ES in ESOP, the load demand and renewable energy can be matched in time [33].
Active power injected by each ACDC converter gathers in DC links and flows into energy storage. The related constraints are:
where \({E}_{r,\omega ,t,k}^{\mathrm{ES}}\) and \({P}_{r,\omega ,t,k}^{\mathrm{ES},\mathrm{L}}\) denote energy stored by ES of ESOP and the power loss of ES in scheme \(k\) and scenario \(\omega\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\), respectively. \({S}_{r,k}^{\mathrm{DC}}\) and \({S}_{r,k}^{\mathrm{BA}}\) denote the respective capacities of DCDC converter and storage battery in scheme \(k\) during stage \(r\).
Constraint (2.a) represents the relationship between the injected power and stored energy in ES, while constraint (2.b) represents the power loss of DCDC converters. Constraints (2.c) and (2.d) represent the limit of injected power and stored energy of ES, respectively. Constraint (2.e) is added to ensure the consistency of stored energy status in ES.
2.2 Operational modelling of ADN with ESOP
With the integration of ESOP, the operating status of ADNs can be significantly improved. ACDC converters have the capability of accurate power flow control, which can efficiently reduce network loss and voltage deviation. Various DCpowered devices can be integrated into the DC links of ESOP. This facilitates the coordination of AC/DC hybrid distribution networks.
2.2.1 Power flow model of distributed networks
BY adopting the DistFlow model, the power flow constraints of ESOPbased distribution networks are shown as follows:
where \({P}_{r,\omega ,t,ij}\) and \({Q}_{r,\omega ,t,ij}\) denote the respective active and reactive power flow of line \(ij\) in scenario \(\omega\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\). \({P}_{r,\omega ,t,i}\) and \({Q}_{r,\omega ,t,i}\) denote the total active and reactive power injection at node \(i\) in scenario \(\omega\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\), respectively. \({l}_{r,\omega ,t,ij}\) and \({v}_{r,\omega ,t,j}\) denote the respective squared voltage magnitude of node \(i\) and current magnitude of branch \(ij\) in scenario \(\omega\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\).
The secure limits of nodal voltage and line current are shown as constraints (4.a) and (4.b), as:
where \({U}_{i}^{\mathrm{min}}\) and \({U}_{i}^{\mathrm{max}}\) denote the lower and upper limits of voltage at node \(i\), while \({I}_{ij}^{\mathrm{max}}\) denotes the maximum loading current of line \(ij\).
2.2.2 Operational model of DGs
Taking photovoltaic and wind turbines as examples [34], the operational model of DG can be described as:
where \({P}_{r,\omega ,t,i}^{\mathrm{DG}}\) and \({Q}_{r,\omega ,t,i}^{\mathrm{DG}}\) are the respective active and reactive power injected by DG at node \(i\) in scenario \(\omega\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\). \({\overline{P} }_{r,t,i}^{\mathrm{DG}}\) is the maximum power output of DG at node \(i\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\), \({S}_{i}^{\mathrm{DG}}\) is the capacity of DG \(i\), and \({\mu }_{i}^{\mathrm{min}}\) is the power factor of DG \(i\).
3 Mathematical formulation of multistage expansion planning for ESOP
Given the multiterminal modular characteristics of ESOP, the practical design should allow for the principle of unified planning and multistage construction. Apart from the demand for expanding networks, the terminal number and integrating location of ESOP should be further considered. By reasonably arranging the detailed ESOP construction scheme, flexible distribution devices can be economically used.
3.1 Framework of the multistage planning of ESOP
In the initial stage, it is essential to formulate the ESOP construction schemes with available integrating nodes. The scheme information includes the number of terminals of ESOP and the integrating location of converters. During the multistage construction, the number of terminals can be increased. For example, a twoterminal ESOP can evolve into three terminals or more. Energy storage can be integrated into the DC links of ESOP at any stage. The relationship between the different ESOP planning schemes is described in Fig.Â 2.
There are four nodes that are available to access converters in Fig.Â 2, namely #1, #2, #3, and #4. Therefore, six planning schemes of ESOP with two terminals are constructed. Then, threeterminal and fourterminal topologies of ESOP evolve based on the previous structures. Taking Scheme I for instance, the total evolved ESOP planning schemes can be presented as (I)â€‰=â€‰{I, VII, VIII, XI}. The subset of the twoterminal ESOP planning scheme only includes itself, which is described as (I, 2)â€‰=â€‰{I}. The subset of the threeterminal ESOP planning schemes is described as (I, 3)â€‰=â€‰{VII, VIII}, in which the schemes contain both nodes #1 and #4. The subset of the fourterminal ESOP planning schemes is described as (I, 4)â€‰=â€‰{XI}.
In (6.a)â€“(6.d), \({\mathrm{M}}_{\tau }\) denotes the maximum ESOP terminal number. \(\mathcal{L}(k)\) and \(\mathcal{L}\left(k,\tau \right)\) are the sets of ESOP and \(\tau\)terminal ESOP planning schemes evolved from scheme \(k\), respectively. Function \(\mathrm{size}\left({{\varvec{\Omega}}}_{k}\right)\) denotes the nodes number of scheme \(k\).
During practical construction, the multistage planning schemes should allow the following constraints:
where \(\eta\) is the damping coefficient of storage battery capacity, and \({\alpha }_{r,h}\) is a binary variable, which denotes the selection of scheme \(h\) during stage \(r\), and scheme \(h\in \mathcal{L}\left(k\right)\) is evolved from scheme \(k\). Constraint (7.a) ensures the uniqueness of scheme selection, and avoids multiple ESOPs connecting to one node, while constraints (7.b) to (7.d) represent the expansive relationship of scheduled device capacities at different stages. In detail, the capacities of the ACDC and DCDC converters and storage battery during stage \(r\), are required to be no less than the corresponding capacities during the former stage \(r1\).
3.2 Expansion planning model of ESOP with tieline reconstruction
Based on the ESOP expansion framework, a multistage expansion planning model of ESOP can be established taking into consideration tieline reconstruction. Through constructing ESOP over a long perios of time, the device investment cost is expected to be reduced.
3.2.1 Objective function
The objective function of the ESOP expansion model is given as:
where \({\mathrm{\rm T}}_{r}\) denotes the period of planning stage \(r\). \({f}_{r}^{\mathrm{d}}\), \({f}_{r}^{\mathrm{s}}\), \({f}_{r}^{\mathrm{m}}\), \({f}_{r}^{\mathrm{b}}\) and \({f}_{r}^{\mathrm{l}}\) denote the annual costs of ESOP device investment, land expropriation, ESOP device maintaining, tieline reconstruction and power loss, respectively.
In practical construction, the device investment cost of ESOP has a relationship with the expansion capacities in each planning stage. Considering the price fluctuation, the annual device investment cost of ESOP can be described as:
where \({\mathrm{c}}_{{r}^{\mathrm{^{\prime}}}}^{\mathrm{AC}}\), \({\mathrm{c}}_{{r}^{\mathrm{^{\prime}}}}^{\mathrm{DC}}\) and \({\mathrm{c}}_{{r}^{\mathrm{^{\prime}}}}^{\mathrm{BA}}\) denote the device capacity investment prices per unit of ACDC converter, DCDC converter and storage battery, respectively. Parameters of the discount rate \(d\) and device lifetime \(y\) are introduced to take the future value variations of investment cost into consideration. \(\Delta {f}_{{r}^{\mathrm{^{\prime}}}}^{\mathrm{BA}}\) denotes the investment cost caused by the capacity reduction of the storage battery.
The annual costs of land expropriation, ESOP maintenance and tieline reconstruction are:
where \({\alpha }_{{r}^{\mathrm{^{\prime}}},k}\) is a binary variable which denotes the selection of scheme \(k\) during stage \({r}^{\mathrm{^{\prime}}}\). When \({\alpha }_{{r}^{\mathrm{^{\prime}}},k}\) equals 1, the construction plan is determined as scheme \(k\). \({\mathrm{c}}_{{r}^{\mathrm{^{\prime}}}}^{\mathrm{site}}\), \({\mathrm{c}}_{r}^{\mathrm{m}}\) and \({\mathrm{c}}_{{r}^{\mathrm{^{\prime}}}}^{\mathrm{L}}\) denote the land expropriation price, maintaining price and line construction price, respectively. \(\xi\) is the terrain correction coefficient, and \({L}_{k}^{\mathrm{n}}\) is the line length to be constructed in scheme \(k\).
The power loss of ADNs includes network loss and device loss, which can be described as:
where \({\mathrm{c}}_{r,t}^{\mathrm{P}}\) is the timeofuse (ToU) electricity price at time \(t\) during stage \(r\), and \({p}_{\omega }\) is the probability of scenario \(\omega\).
3.2.2 Planning constraints of ESOP
The ESOP planning constraints consist of the capacity limits on ACDC and DCDC converters and storage batteries, as:
Constraint (12.a) represents the total capacities of all ACDC converters, while constraints (12.b) and (12.c) represent the capacity limits of each ESOP component. Variable \({\alpha }_{r,k}\) refers to whether the ACDC converters of ESOP are equipped or not. With the binary variable \({\alpha }_{r,k}\), the operating constraints of ESOP can be transformed as:
When \({\alpha }_{r,k}\) equals 1, it is essential to equip with ACDC converters, and (13) is identical to (1.a). When \({\alpha }_{r,k}\) equals 0, ACDC converters are not equipped, making the relationship of active power transformation ineffective. The construction of DCDC converters and storage batteries is implemented according to the practical demands of ADNs.
In addition, the scheme evolution constraints of ESOP should be considered. The detailed constraints are given in constraints (6) and (7).
3.2.3 Constraints of renewable energy penetration
With the growth of installed DGs, the penetration of renewable energy generation continues to increase. However, the DG outputs come with serious uncertainty and intermittence, which may lead to electricity curtailment. To effectively enhance the DG penetration, it is necessary to determine the DG location and set a proper target for renewable energy generation in advance. Thus, the following constraint is added:
where \({\upgamma }_{r}\) denotes the preset index of DG penetration during stage \(r\).
3.2.4 Constraints of active distribution networks
The constraints of distribution networks include the power flow constraints and the secure operation constraints, which are given as constraints (3) and (4).
3.3 Modelling conversion and solution methodology
Because of the nonconvexity and nonlinearity of the ESOP planning model, the problem posed above is difficult to solve. By adopting the method of convex relaxation, the related constraints (1.b), (1.c) and (3.d) can be transformed as:
As for the absolute constraint (2b), the following constraints are added:
The nonlinear constraint (13) can be converted to constraints (17.a) and (17.b), as:
In summary, the ESOP planning model can be converted to the following mixedinteger secondorder cone programming (MISOCP) model [35]:
4 Case studies and analysis
To verify the effectiveness of the proposed method, case studies are conducted by a CPLEX 12.8 solver interfaced with a YALMIP toolbox. The optimization test environment is a PC with an Intel (R) Core (TM) i712,700 CPU @ 2.10Â GHz and 16Â GB RAM.
4.1 Modified practical distribution networks
Case studies are conducted based on the modified practical network in Taiwan [36]. The network contains three 11.4Â kV feeders and two existing tielines, as shown in Fig.Â 3. There are eight nodes available to access converters, and these are marked as red points in Fig.Â 3. Before the initial planning, the total system loads are 7.54Â MW and 5.23 Mvar, respectively. The installed PV capacities are 4.8 MWp. By adopting the kmeans method, the local historical data of DGs and loads are clustered into 3 typical scenarios. The operation curves of the initial stage are shown in Fig.Â 4.
The device expansion is implemented in four stages and each stage lasts for five years. During the four stages, the penetration of renewable energy generation increases, and the location of the newlyinstalled DG in each stage is shown in Fig.Â 3. The variations of ESOP investment price, system load and DG accommodation in four stages are given in Tables 1 and 2 [36]. The discount rate is set at 0.08, while the lower and upper voltage limits are set to 0.95 p.u. and 1.05 p.u., respectivelyÂ [37]. The ES state of charge remains at [20%, 90%], and it is assumed that the capacity of the storage battery is reduced by 2% annually. Based on the predicted daily electricity demand and DG generation, the maximum ratios of renewable energy generation in the four stages can be evaluated, and the indices of DG penetration are set to 42%, 52%, 64% and 80%, respectively [38].
4.2 Planning result and costâ€“benefit analysis of ESOP
Considering the load increment, DG expansion and investment price reduction, ESOP planning is carried out over a long time horizon. By constructing ESOP with existing tielines, the investment cost can be significantly reduced. Through multistage ESOP planning, the varying operational demands of ADNs are satisfied.
4.2.1 Planning result of ESOP in multiple stages
Case I The multistage ESOP expansion planning is implemented by adopting the proposed planning method.
The planning results of Case I are shown in Fig.Â 5. It can be seen that, on basis of the tieline between nodes 8 and 27, a twoterminal ESOP is constructed at the first planning stage. At stage II, the third ACDC converter is scheduled based on the existing twoterminal ESOP. The three feeders are interconnected with only one new line, which significantly reduces the investment cost. Moreover, through multistage ESOP construction, a better adaptation of the shifts of increasing DG shares can be obtained (Table 2).
The scheduled capacities in the four stages are given in Table 3. Considering the increment of tieline investment cost, early construction may lead to superiority in device price. The results show that tieline reconstruction is implemented at stage II. This can reduce the longterm investment cost. To facilitate DG penetration, the capability of power transfer needs to be strengthened [39]. Thus, the capacities of ESOP are expanding in the four stages. Energy storage is assembled to realize the complementarity of DG outputs and system loads. Table 4 shows the multistage investment cost in Case I. It can be seen that the land expropriation cost and tieline construction cost are charged within stages I and II. With the capacity expansion of ESOP converters, the maintenance cost increases simultaneously.
4.2.2 Costâ€“benefit analysis of ESOP
To analyze the economic benefits of device investment, the following Case II is added.
Case II The operational results are obtained with no consideration of ESOP construction.
Through integrating ESOP, the system operational status can be significantly improved. The costbenefits of ESOP are derived from the decrement in electricity purchase cost, power loss cost, voltage deviation punishing cost and DG curtailment punishing cost. The voltage deviation punishing cost and DG curtailment punishing cost are shown as:
where \(\uplambda\) denotes the punishing coefficient of voltage deviation, which is set to 10, and \({\mathrm{c}}_{r}^{\mathrm{DG}}\) denotes the electricity generation price of DGs during stage \(r\).
Thus, the total cost of ADNs with ESOP is:
where \({f}_{r}^{\mathrm{e}}\) is the annual electricity purchase cost during stage \(r\).
The costâ€“benefit results in multiple stages are given in Table 5. With the ESOP price reduction and DG accommodation increment, the system operational benefits derived from ESOP are higher than the device investment cost. At stage I, the annual total investment cost is 1.30 \(\times\) 10^{6} RMB and the total cost is reduced by 1.27 \(\times\) 10^{6} RMB each year. It means that most of ESOP investment costs can be recovered. With increase in the installed DGs, the annual electricity purchase cost and the total cost are continuously reduced. At stage IV, the total cost is reduced by 9.61 \(\times\) 10^{6} RMB, which is significantly higher than the investment cost. It proves that multistage planning can improve the benefits of ESOP construction.
4.3 Impact factor analysis of ESOP planning
IN practical longperiod ESOP construction, device configuration is determined by multiple factors. Thus, the following planning analysis is conducted to determine the main impact factors, including tieline location, renewable energy penetration requirement and device investment cost fluctuation.
4.3.1 Location of tielines
Two cases with different initial network structures are added.
Case III The multistage ESOP expansion planning is implemented by adopting the proposed planning method. The initial network has no existing tieline.
Case IV The multistage ESOP expansion planning is implemented by adopting the proposed planning method. The initial network has three tielines at nodes 6â€“21, nodes 8â€“27 and nodes 19â€“31.
FiguresÂ 6 and 7 show the planning results of the network based on ESOP in Case III and IV, respectively. The blue solid line presents a power transformation path of ESOP, where the converters have been allocated at the current stage. The red dashed line connecting ESOP presents the original tie switch line, which will be reconstructed with converters at later stages for power transmission.
The ESOP planning capacities and costâ€“benefit for Case III are given in Table 6. It can be seen that the scheduled capacities in Case I and Case III are analogous. The former has a reduction of tieline investment costs each year of approximately 1.32 \(\times\) 10^{5} RMB.
With different tieline locations, the ESOP planning scheme has an alternative. By assembling converters at nodes 8, 19 and 27, a threeterminal ESOP is constructed between the three feeders. The results in Fig.Â 7 and Table 7 for Case IV show that by reconstructing tielines, the device investment cost can be reduced. Also, the location has a relationship with the selection of planning schemes.
4.3.2 Requirement of DG penetration in ADNs
The capacities of DGs increase during the four stages, while the installed DGs are located at different feeders. Assuming that the four planning stages have different DG penetration requirements, the following case is added:
Case V Multistage ESOP expansion planning is implemented by adopting the proposed planning method. The requirements for renewable energy penetration in the four stages are set to 30%, 45%, 60% and 80%, respectively.
The selected ESOP planning scheme is depicted in Fig.Â 8 and the scheduled capacities are given in Table 8. With tielines between nodes 8 and 27, feeders are interconnected by ESOP among nodes 8, 21 and 27. The converter capacities are expanded within the four stages. With a lower requirement of DG penetration in the prior stages, the scheduled scales of ACDC converter capacity are relatively small. Compared with Case I, it is not necessary to equip with energy storage at stages I and II.
It can be concluded that the ESOP planning results are related to the requirements of DG penetration. At the initial stage, the installed DG is small, and the equipped ACDC converters are responsible for the feeder power flow control. With the increment of DG penetration, energy storage is integrated into the DC links of ESOP to improve energy efficiency. It can also be seen that the higher DG penetration requirements lead to larger ES capacities.
From the results given in Table 8, the costâ€“benefit is influenced by the scheduled capacity in each stage. At the initial planning stage in Case V, the scheduled converter capacities are on a small scale. Compared with Case I, the total costs in Case V are increased by 4.34 \(\times\) 10^{5} RMB and 6.34 \(\times\) 10^{5} RMB at the first two stages. With the scheduled capacity increase, the cost benefits turn positive and the cost reduction is 9.43 \(\times\) 10^{6} RMB at Stage IV. It indicates that early ESOP construction can facilitate device investment recovery.
4.3.3 Price change of device investment
Further considering the price fluctuation of ESOP devices, the following case is added:
Case VI The multistage ESOP expansion planning is implemented by adopting the proposed planning method.
The planning results are given in Fig.Â 9 and the detailed planning investment cost is given in Table 9. At the first planning stage, a twoterminal ESOP is constructed between nodes 8 and 19, while at stage II, the third ACDC converter is scheduled based on the existing twoterminal ESOP. The results indicate that the changes in equipment cost affect the formulation of ESOP expansion planning.
With a flat decline of price in Case VI, the initial scheduled ESOP investment cost reaches 5.08 \(\times\) 10^{5} RMB (from Table 10), which is much larger than the other cases. It is found that if the equipment cost cannot be reduced rapidly with the development, the investment of ESOP prefers to be concentrated in the early stages. Construction should be avoided during any period having an expensive and volatile price. In contrast, when the equipment cost is decreased, the expansion can be implemented to meet the future operational requirement in advance.
5 Conclusions
To address the flexible configuration of ESOP, this paper proposes a multistage ESOP expansion planning method with consideration of tieline reconstruction. Considering the evolutionary relationship among different planning schemes, ESOP expansion can be implemented over a long time horizon. A costâ€“benefit analysis of multistage ESOP expansion planning is formulated. The results indicate that the total cost, including electricity purchase cost, voltage deviation cost, and DG curtailment cost, is reduced by 14.25% compared to the condition where no ESOP is allocated. In addition, the impact factors of ESOP planning are further analyzed. The results show that the reconstructed tielines contribute to the reduction of ESOP investment costs, while the need to allow for DG penetration is responsible for the scheduled scales of ESOP investment at different stages. Given price fluctuation, expansion should be avoided during the period having an expensive and volatile price. Through expanding ESOP in multiple stages, ESOP device utilization and the economy of the distribution network planning are significantly advanced.
Future investigation can be suggested as follows: first, the uncertainties of DG and load can be considered. These affect the results of ESOP planning. The integration of controllable devices brings enormous operational flexibility to ADNs. How to coordinate the planning of various devices will be further investigated to maximize the ESOP device utilization. In addition, the energy storage model and device lifecycle can be further analyzed.
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Abbreviations
 ADN:

Active distribution network
 ESOP:

Energy storage integrated soft open point
 SOP:

Soft open point
 ES:

Energy storage
 DG:

Distributed generator
 PV:

Photovoltaic
 \({{\varvec{\Omega}}}_{\mathrm{all}}\) :

Set of all nodes
 \(\ell _{{{\text{all}}}}\) :

Set of all lines
 \({{\varvec{\Omega}}}_{k}\) :

Set of nodes integrated converter in ESOP planning scheme \(k\)
 \(\mathcal{L}\) :

Set of ESOP planning schemes
 \(\mathcal{L}\left(k\right)\) :

Set of ESOP planning schemes evolved from scheme \(k\)
 \(\mathcal{L}\left(k,\tau \right)\) :

Set of \(\tau\)terminal ESOP planning schemes evolved from scheme \(k\)
 i, j, g:

Indices of nodes
 k, h, p:

Indices of ESOP planning schemes
 \(r\), \({r}^{^{\prime}}\) :

Indices of planning stages
 \(\omega\) :

Index of clustering scenarios
 \(t\) :

Index of time instants
 \(\tau\) :

Index of ACDC converters in ESOP
 \(\begin{gathered} P_{r,\omega ,t,k,i}^{{{\text{AC}}}} \hfill \\ Q_{r,\omega ,t,k,i}^{{{\text{AC}}}} \hfill \\ \end{gathered}\) :

Active/reactive power injection of ESOP at node \(i\) in scheme \(k\) and scenario \(\omega\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\) (kW, kvar)
 \(P_{r,\omega ,t,k,i}^{{{\text{AC}},{\text{L}}}}\) :

Active power loss of ESOP at node \(i\) in scheme \(k\) and scenario \(\omega\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\) (kW)
 \(\begin{gathered} P_{r,\omega ,t,k}^{{{\text{ES}}}} \hfill \\ P_{r,\omega ,t,k}^{{{\text{ES}},{\text{L}}}} \hfill \\ \end{gathered}\) :

Active power injected and loss by ES of ESOP in scheme \(k\) and scenario \(\omega\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\) (kW)
 \(S_{r,k,i}^{{{\text{AC}}}}\) :

Capacity of ACDC converter at node \(i\) in scheme \(k\) during stage \(r\) (kVA)
 \(E_{r,\omega ,t,k}^{{{\text{ES}}}}\) :

Energy stored by ES of ESOP in scheme \(k\) and scenario \(\omega\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\) (kWh)
 \(S_{r,k}^{{{\text{AC}}}} ,{ }S_{r,k}^{{{\text{DC}}}} ,S_{r,k}^{{{\text{BA}}}}\) :

Capacity of ACDC /DCDC /storage battery converters in scheme \(k\) during stage \(r\) (kVA)
 \(\begin{gathered} P_{r,\omega ,t,ij} \hfill \\ Q_{r,\omega ,t,ij} \hfill \\ \end{gathered}\) :

Active/reactive power flow of line \(ij\) in scenario \(\omega\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\) (kW, kvar)
 \(\begin{gathered} P_{r,\omega ,t,i} \hfill \\ Q_{r,\omega ,t,i} \hfill \\ \end{gathered}\) :

Total active/reactive power injection at node \(i\) in scenario \(\omega\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\) (kW, kvar)
 \(\begin{gathered} v_{r,\omega ,t,i} \hfill \\ l_{r,\omega ,t,ij} \hfill \\ \end{gathered}\) :

Squared voltage magnitude of node \(i\) and current magnitude of branch \(ij\) in scenario \(\omega\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\) (\({\mathrm{kV}}^{2}\),\({\mathrm{A}}^{2}\))
 \(\begin{gathered} P_{r,\omega ,t,i}^{{{\text{DG}}}} \hfill \\ Q_{r,\omega ,t,i}^{{{\text{DG}}}} \hfill \\ \end{gathered}\) :

Active/reactive power injection by DG at node \(i\) in scenario \(\omega\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\) (kW, kvar)
 \(\begin{gathered} P_{r,\omega ,t,i}^{{{\text{LD}}}} \hfill \\ Q_{r,\omega ,t,i}^{{{\text{LD}}}} \hfill \\ \end{gathered}\) :

Active/reactive power consumption at node \(i\) in scenario \(\omega\) at time \(t\) during stage \(r\) (kW, kvar)
 \({N}_{r}\) :

Total number of planning stages
 \({N}_{t}\) :

Total number of time instants
 \({N}_{k}\) :

Total number of ESOP planning schemes
 \({N}_{\omega }\) :

Total number of clustering scenarios
 \({T}_{r}\) :

Period of each planning stage
 \(r_{ij} ,x_{ij}\) :

Resistance/reactance of line \(ij\) (\(\Omega\))
 \({A}_{{{\text{ac}}}} ,{A}_{{{\text{dc}}}}\) :

Loss coefficient of ACDC converter/DCDC converter in ESOP
 \(\begin{gathered} {\text{SOC}}_{{{\text{min}}}}^{{{\text{ES}}}} \hfill \\ {\text{SOC}}_{{{\text{max}}}}^{{{\text{ES}}}} \hfill \\ \end{gathered}\) :

Upper/lower limitations of state of charge of energy storage
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PL constructed the conceptualization and methodology of multistage expansion planning. JJ analyzed and interpreted the data. SC performed case studies, and contributed to writing the original draft of the manuscript. HJ was mainly responsible for reviewing and editing the manuscript. JX investigated the background of expansion planning technologies. GS provided the software support. JZ validated the rationality of the results. JW supervised the simulation experiments. CW was responsible for project administration. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
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Li, P., Ji, J., Chen, S. et al. Multistage expansion planning of energy storage integrated soft open points considering tieline reconstruction. Prot Control Mod Power Syst 7, 45 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41601022002685
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Keywords
 Active distribution network (ADN)
 Energy storage integrated soft open points (ESOP)
 Multistage expansion planning
 Tieline reconstruction