Running a load flow

You can use the module pypowsybl.loadflow in order to run load flows on networks. By default, load flows are based on the OpenLoadFlow implementation, fully described on Powsybl website. OpenLoadFlow supports AC Newton-Raphson and linear DC calculation methods.

Start by importing the module:

import as pn
import pypowsybl.loadflow as lf


The most important part before running a load flow is knowing the parameters and change them if needed. Let’s have a look at the default ones:

>>> lf.Parameters()
Parameters(voltage_init_mode=UNIFORM_VALUES, transformer_voltage_control_on=False, no_generator_reactive_limits=False, phase_shifter_regulation_on=False, twt_split_shunt_admittance=False, simul_shunt=False, read_slack_bus=False, write_slack_bus=False, distributed_slack=True, balance_type=PROPORTIONAL_TO_GENERATION_P_MAX, dc_use_transformer_ratio=True, countries_to_balance=[], connected_component_mode=<ConnectedComponentMode.MAIN: 0>)

For more details on each parameter, please refer to the API reference.

All parameters are also fully described in Powsybl loadfow parameter documentation.

AC Load Flow

In order to run an AC loadflow, simply use the run_ac() method:

>>> network = pn.create_eurostag_tutorial_example1_network()
>>> results = lf.run_ac(network, parameters=lf.Parameters(distributed_slack=False))

The result is composed of a list of component results, one for each connected component of the network included in the computation:

>>> results
[ComponentResult(connected_component_num=0, synchronous_component_num=0, status=CONVERGED, iteration_count=3, slack_bus_id='VLHV1_0', slack_bus_active_power_mismatch=-606.5596837558763)]

Component results provides general information about the loadflow: was it successful ? how many iterations did it need ? what’s the remaining active power imbalance ? For example, let’s have a look at the imbalance on the main component of the network:

>>> results[0].slack_bus_active_power_mismatch

Then, the main output of the loadflow is actually the updated data in the network itself: all voltages and flows are now updated with the computed values. For example you can have a look at the voltage magnitudes (rounded to 2 digits here):

>>> network.get_buses().v_mag.round(2)
VLGEN_0      24.50
VLHV1_0     400.62
VLHV2_0     388.33
VLLOAD_0    146.90
Name: v_mag, dtype: float64

If you want more logs you can set the global debug mode:

>>> pp.set_debug_mode(True)

DC Load Flow

In order to run an AC loadflow, simply use the run_dc() method.

For that example, we will use a distributed slack, with imbalance distributed on generators, proportional to their maximum power. We also choose to ignore transformer ratios in the DC equations:

>>> parameters = lf.Parameters(dc_use_transformer_ratio=False, distributed_slack=True,
...                            balance_type=lf.BalanceType.PROPORTIONAL_TO_GENERATION_P_MAX)

Then let’s create our test network and run the DC load flow:

>>> network = pn.create_eurostag_tutorial_example1_network()
>>> results = lf.run_dc(network, parameters)

We can finally retrieve the computed flows on lines:

>>> network.get_lines()[['p1', 'p2']]
                p1     p2
NHV1_NHV2_1  300.0 -300.0
NHV1_NHV2_2  300.0 -300.0