Numerical Approaches to Optimize Dispatch on Microgrids with Energy Storage


Microgrids and distributed generation are predicted to become extremely dominant in developing nations, and will be largely beneficial to both electricity suppliers and consumers. With the penetration of renewable energy into the electricity supply, to maintain a balance between power supply and demand is becoming more difficult. Nevertheless, it is quite feasible that large electrical storage systems such as batteries can efficiently mitigate problems caused by the intermittency of renewables, and thus enable stable adoption of such power sources. In order to understand how the energy capacity and power characteristics of batteries should be specified to optimize economic or socioeconomic benefits, an optimizing strategy for battery usage in microgrids energy scheduling was constructed. This strategy is based on the past power consumption, predictions of day-ahead power consumption, and historical trends of seasonal and daily trends, which gives a nonlinear, discontinuous and high dimensional objective function. Optimizing such an objective function is found to be very computational intensive and complex. In this paper, the nature of this large-scale optimization problem is studied. For real time dispatch, four optimization methods including active-set, interior-point method, sequential quadratic programming (SQP) and trust-region-reflective are discussed and compared to find the relatively fast and robust optimization algorithm. The computation was implemented by using the MATLAB nonlinear programming solver 'fmincon'. Three main objectives are carried out to improve the efficiency of solving this optimization problem: (1) determination of the mathematical& physical definitions of tolerances and discussion on convergence criteria with the corresponding tolerances; (2) Study and comparison on influences of the initial condition and the behavior of the objective function (highly related to peak demand charge); and (3) suggestions on modification of the model to achieve reduction of the computation time whilst maintain acceptable accuracy. Thesis Supervisor: W. Craig Carter Title: POSCO Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Department: Materials Science and Engineering

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@inproceedings{Xie2016NumericalAT, title={Numerical Approaches to Optimize Dispatch on Microgrids with Energy Storage}, author={Lutao Xie and Craig Carter}, year={2016} }