Robust and Scalable Management of Power Networks in Dual-Source Trolleybus Systems: A Consensus Control Framework

Dual-source trolleybuses powered by onboard battery and grid electricity offer unique advantages in fuel economy, cost reduction, and passenger capacity, which are particularly appealing for public transportation in populated cities. Their mobility and power supply network configurations introduce challenging power management issues on their dedicated supply power grids. To ensure safe, reliable, and efficient operation of trolleybuses, their high-current and dynamic loads must be distributed to the feeders properly and promptly. Based on certain emerging networks of feeders and supply stations for city trolleybus systems, this paper introduces a new framework for current flow balancing based on recently developed weighted-and-constrained consensus control methods to manage the power supply network. Using only neighborhood information exchange among feeder lines in the network, the consensus control can achieve global current balancing with fast convergence to a balanced state, robustness to load perturbations, reconfiguration with feeder addition and deletion, and rebalancing under feeder capacity variation. The methodology is scalable in the sense that system expansion will not substantially increase the control system complexity. The power system configurations of the Beijing dual-source trolleybus system are used for simulation case studies on the new power management methods. Robustness and scalability are demonstrated, together with discussions on the feasibility, flexibility, and implementation issues of the methodology.


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  • Accession Number: 01596631
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TLIB, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 2016 9:20AM