Smart Coordination Schemes for Multiple Battery Energy Storage Systems for Support in Distribution Networks with High Penetration of Photovoltaics

Obinna Unigwe, Dahunsi Okekunle, Aristides Kiprakis

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Abstract

The use of battery energy storage system (BESS) is one of the methods employed in solving the major challenge of overvoltage, experienced on distribution networks with high penetration of photovoltaics (PV). The overvoltage problem limits the penetration levels of PV into the distribution network, and the benefits that could be gained. This paper presents three loosely-related schemes for the coordination of multiple battery energy storage systems (BESS) in such networks. Through the efficient selection, coordination and timing of charge and discharge operations of the BESS, the scheme maintains bus voltages within statutory ranges during periods of high PV power generation and high network load demand. Network segmentation was used in two of the schemes to encourage more even utilisation of the BESS in order to maximise the economic benefits of the BESS. The algorithms for the schemes were implemented and demonstrated on two different distribution networks. Simulation results showed that the schemes met the objectives of mitigating overvoltage and more even cycling of the BESSs during their operating lifetimes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347 – 354
JournalIET Smart Grid
Volume2
Issue number3
Early online date8 Aug 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

Keywords

  • photovoltaics
  • solar energy
  • Batteries
  • energy storage
  • smart grid
  • distribution networks
  • microgeneration

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