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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 275129, 8 pages
Research Article

A Fuzzy Based Evolutionary Algorithm for Solving Multiobjective Optimal Power Flow with FACTS Devices

1Faculty of Electrical and Electronics, Sathyabama University, Chennai 600119, India
2Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Adhiparasakthi Engineering College, Melmaruvathur 603319, India

Received 31 March 2015; Revised 12 July 2015; Accepted 15 July 2015

Academic Editor: Juan F. San-Juan

Copyright © 2015 R. Vanitha and J. Baskaran. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A new Fuzzy Differential Evolution (FDE) algorithm is proposed for solving multiobjective optimal power flow with FACTS devices. This new optimization technique combines the advantages of Weighted Additive Fuzzy Goal Programming (WAFGP) and Differential Evolution (DE) in enhancing the capacity, stability, and security of the power system. As the weights used in WAFGP would have a significant impact on the operational and economical enhancements achieved in the optimization, they are optimized using evolutionary DE algorithm. This provides a way for exploring a balanced solution for a multiobjective problem without sacrificing any individual objective’s uniqueness and priority. The multiple objectives considered are maximizing the loadability condition of the power system with minimum system real power loss and minimum installation cost of the FACTS devices. Indian utility Neyveli Thermal Power Station (NTPS) 23 bus system is used to test the proposed algorithm using multiple FACTS devices. The results compared with that of DE based fuzzy goal programming (FGP) demonstrates that DE based WAFGP algorithm not only provides a balanced optimal solution for all objectives but also provides the best economical solution.