COLLECTIVE ANIMAL BEHAVIOR ALGORITHM FOR SOLVING OPTIMAL REACTIVE POWER DISPATCH PROBLEM
This paper presents a collective animal behavior (CAB) algorithm for solving the multi-objective reactive power dispatch problem in power system. Modal analysis of the system is used for static voltage stability assessment. Loss minimization and maximization of voltage stability margin are taken as the objectives. Generator terminal voltages, reactive power generation of the capacitor banks and tap changing transformer setting are taken as the optimization variables A meta heuristic algorithm for global optimization called the collective animal behavior (CAB) is introduced. Animal groups, such as schools of fish, flocks of birds, swarms of locusts, and herds of wildebeest, exhibit a variety of behaviors including swarming about a food source, milling around a central location, or migrating over large distances in aligned groups. These collective behaviors are often advantageous to groups, allowing them to increase their harvesting efficiency, to follow better migration routes, to improve their aerodynamic, and to avoid predation. In the proposed algorithm, the searcher agents emulate a group of animals which interact with each other based on the biological laws of collective motion. CAB powerful stochastic optimization technique has been utilized to solve the reactive power optimization problem.