Reactive Power Optimization in Wind Power Plants Using Cuckoo Search Algorithm

  • K. S. PandyaEmail author
  • J. K. Pandya
  • S. K. Joshi
  • H. K. Mewada
Part of the Modeling and Optimization in Science and Technologies book series (MOST, volume 7)


This chapter presents the application of a new meta-heuristic optimization algorithm called cuckoo search algorithm (CSA) to solve optimal reactive power dispatch problem (ORPD) of the power system in the presence of wind power plants (WPP). Due to the inclusion of WPP, the ORPD problem becomes a complex combinatorial optimization problem and it has a nonlinear objective function with many local minima, and discontinuous and nonlinear constraint functions. CSA is based on the obligate brood parasitic behavior of some cuckoo species in combination with the Lѐvy flight behavior of some birds and fruit flies. The effectiveness and feasibility of CSA have been tested on a 41-bus WPP test system and the obtained results that have been compared with particle swarm optimization (PSO). Simulation results yield that the CSA converges to better optimal solutions faster than PSO.


Artificial intelligence method Cuckoo search algorithm Particle swarm optimization Reactive power optimization Wind power plant 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. S. Pandya
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. K. Pandya
    • 2
  • S. K. Joshi
    • 3
  • H. K. Mewada
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Electrical Engineering, CSPITCharotar University of Science and TechnologyChangaIndia
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringDharmsinh Desai UniversityNadiadIndia
  3. 3.Department of Electrical EngineeringThe M.S. University of BarodaVadodaraIndia
  4. 4.Department of Electronics & Communications, CSPITCharotar University of Science and TechnoloogyChangaIndia

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