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Data analytics for profiling low-voltage customers with smart meter readings

F. Pilo, G. Pisano, S. Ruggeri, M. Troncia

Applied Sciences Vol. 11, nº. 2, pp. 500-1 - 500-29


The energy transition for decarbonization requires consumers’ and producers’ active participation to give the power system the necessary flexibility to manage intermittency and non-programmability of renewable energy sources. The accurate knowledge of the energy demand of every single customer is crucial for accurately assessing their potential as flexibility providers. This topic gained terrific input from the widespread deployment of smart meters and the continuous development of data analytics and artificial intelligence. The paper proposes a new technique based on advanced data analytics to analyze the data registered by smart meters to associate to each customer a typical load profile (LP). Different LPs are assigned to low voltage (LV) customers belonging to nominal homogeneous category for overcoming the inaccuracy due to non-existent coincident peaks, arising by the common use of a unique LP per category. The proposed methodology, starting from two large databases, constituted by tens of thousands of customers of different categories, clusters their consumption profiles to define new representative LPs, without a priori preferring a specific clustering technique but using that one that provides better results. The paper also proposes a method for associating the proper LP to new or not monitored customers, considering only few features easily available for the distribution systems operator (DSO).

Palabras Clave: clustering algorithm; distribution networks; typical load profiles

Índice de impacto JCR y cuartil WoS: 2,838 - Q2 (2021); 2,700 - Q2 (2022)

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Publicado en papel: Enero 2021.

Publicado on-line: Enero 2021.

F. Pilo, G. Pisano, S. Ruggeri, M. Troncia, Data analytics for profiling low-voltage customers with smart meter readings. Applied Sciences. Vol. 11, nº. 2, pp. 500-1 - 500-29, Enero 2021. [Online: Enero 2021]