Dr. Wesam Rohouma presented a paper co-authored with Dr. Robert Balog, Ph.D. student Mr. Aaqib Ahmad Peerzada, and Dr. Miroslav M. Begovic entitled “Impact of High Capacity Distributed Photovoltaic Systems on the Mechanical Assets in Distribution Systems” at the GCC Power 2019 Conference & Exhibition in Muscat, Oman on October 28, 2019.

The paper studies the impact of the high photovoltaic penetration on the electromechanical devices present on a distribution feeder for voltage regulation. The results of the paper indicate that the tap operations of voltage regulators follow an increasing trend with the PV penetration and saturate at about 90% PV penetration on the feeder. The simulation is based on the standard IEEE 34 node feeder model, which is modified to include a high penetration of PV power.