Optimized Dispatch of Energy Storage Systems in Unbalanced Distribution Networks

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© 2010-2012 IEEE. This paper presents a method to achieve optimal active and reactive power contributions from each energy storage system in an unbalanced distribution network to minimize power loss, while ensuring network current and voltage constraints are satisfied. By modeling loads as either constant current or constant impedance, the ac optimal power flow is transformed into a noniterative convex optimization problem. The application of capacity constraints, voltage constraints, and energy storage constraints in an unbalanced three-phase four-wire system is considered, addressing specific issues pertaining to unbalanced networks such as voltage unbalance and neutral voltage displacement. The proposed method is then used to demonstrate optimized dispatch of energy storage systems in a suitable four-wire unbalanced distribution test network. The contribution of losses in the neutral wire to the total losses is also determined for a test system under a range of operating conditions and various neutral earthing systems, highlighting the importance of considering this in a typical unbalanced distribution network.

Energy storage systems, distribution networks, network unbalance, neutral voltage displacement, neutral earthing systems, optimal power flow, energy losses
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IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy
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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
European Research Council (679774)