In countries with high temperatures, distribution systems passing through forested areas are prone to wildfires. This paper proposes a stochastic programming approach for increasing resiliency of a distribution system exposed to an approaching wildfire. Dynamic Line Rating of the overhead lines is considered in order to model the impact of the wildfire on conductor temperature and flowing current. The uncertainties associated with solar radiation, wind speed and wind direction that affect the progression of the wildfire and the production of stochastic distributed generators are taken into account. The proposed model is transformed to a mixed integer problem with quadratic constraints, which provides effective solution to operational planning of a distribution system against an approaching wildfire.
Professor Nikos D. Hatziargyriou is since 1984 a faculty member and since 1995, full professor in Power Systems at the Electrical and Computer Engineering School of the National Technical University of Athens. He is Director of the Energy Systems Laboratory and founder of the "SmartRue" research unit. He is visiting professor at Tsinghua and Hefei Universities in China. Since 2015 he is Chairman of the Hellenic Distribution Network Operator. From February 2007 until September 2012 he was executive Vice-Chair and Deputy CEO of the Public Power Corporation (PPC), responsible for the Transmission and Distribution Divisions. He is Fellow Member of IEEE, past Chair of the Power System Dynamic Performance Committee (PSDPC) and currently Editor in Chief of the IEEE Trans on Power Systems. He is honorary member of CIGRE and past Chair of CIGRE SC C6 “Distribution Systems and Distributed Generation”. He is chair of the EU Technology and Innovation Platform on Smart Networks for Energy Transition.He has participated in more than 60 RD&D projects funded by the EU Commission, electric utilities and manufacturers for both fundamental research and practical applications. He is author of the book “Microgrids: Architectures and Control” and of more than 200 journal publications and 500 conference proceedings papers. He is included in the 2016 and 2017 lists of the top 1% most cited researchers.