Power system design using firefly algorithm for dynamic stability enhancement

Herlambang Setiadi, Karl O. Jones

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Utilising additional devices in power systems have been developed by industry. Devices such as a Power System Stabilizer (PSS) and a Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) are commonly employed in industry. This work investigated the coordination of a PSS and SMES applied to a power system to enhance dynamic stability. To obtain optimal coordination, the parameters of the PSS and SMES are tuned using the Firefly Algorithm (FA). The simulation of the power system, PSS, and SMES has been performed using MATLAB and Simulink, and the FA run in Matlab. For testing the small signal stability, the eigenvalue of the system will be investigated, while for dynamic stability the system will be given an external disturbance. The rotor angle and frequency deviation of the power system are compared without a controller, with a PSS and SMES included, and with the PSS and SMES tuned by FA. The simulation results show that the proposed system can improve not only small signal stability (steady state stability) but also dynamic stability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-455
Number of pages10
JournalIndonesian Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Dynamic stability
  • Firefly algorithm
  • Power system stabilizer
  • Superconducting magnetic energy storage


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