Research from Griffith University (Australia)’s School of Engineering published in the journal Applied Energy shows promise for a battery energy storage system that can provide cheaper, better quality power for the low voltage (LV) electricity distribution network.
It is a forecast-based, three-phase battery energy storage scheduling and operation system that provides benefits such as reduced peak demand, more efficient load balancing and better management of supply from solar photovoltaics (PV).
Researcher Mr Chris Bennett, working under the supervision of Associate Professor Rodney Stewart and Professor Jun Wei Lu, has developed and applied an intelligent scheduling system to a South-East Queensland-based LV distribution network servicing 128 residential customers.
The LV network is based on a typical suburb of a few hundred homes with a single area transformer.
“With a battery energy storage (BES) system comprising Lithium Ion battery banks coupled with smart power control systems, such as STATCOMS, and featuring embedded intelligent forecasting software, we can better manage the LV network.” said Mr Bennett.
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