1 paper accepted to ENERGIES


Our paper on optimal coordination of Distributed Energy Resources [1] has been accepted to Energies!

[1] [doi] M. Almassalkhi, S. Brahma, N. Nazir, H. Ossareh, P. Racherla, S. Kundu, S. P. Nandanoori, T. Ramachandran, A. Singhal, D. Gayme, C. Ji, E. Mallada, Y. Shen, P. You, and D. Anand, “Hierarchical, Grid-Aware, and Economically Optimal Coordination of Distributed Energy Resources in Realistic Distribution Systems,” Energies, vol. 13, iss. 23, pp. 1-35, 2020.
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Forward-looking renewable portfolio standards will lead to extreme levels of variable solar PV in electric distribution systems, which makes reliability more challenging to maintain for distribution system operators (DSOs). Distributed energy resources (DERs), including smart, connected appliances and PV inverters, represent responsive grid resources that can provide flexibility to support the DSO in actively managing their networks to facilitate reliability under extreme levels of solar PV. This flexibility can also be used to optimize system operations with respect to economic signals from wholesale energy and ancillary service markets. Here, we present a novel hierarchical scheme that actively controls behind-the-meter DERs to reliablymanage each unbalanced distribution feeder and exploits the available flexibility to ensure reliable operation and economically optimize the entire distribution network. Each layer of the scheme employs advanced optimization methods at different timescales to ensure that the system operates within both grid and device limits. The hierarchy is validated in a large-scale realistic simulation based on data from the industry. Simulation results show that coordination of flexibility improves both system reliability and economics, and enables greater penetration of solar PV. Discussion is also provided on the practical viability of the required communications and controls to implement the presented scheme within a large DSO.
@article{abetal2020energies,
  abstract = {Forward-looking renewable portfolio standards will lead to extreme levels of variable solar PV in electric distribution systems, which makes reliability more challenging to maintain for distribution system operators (DSOs). Distributed energy resources (DERs), including smart, connected appliances and PV inverters, represent responsive grid resources that can provide flexibility to support the DSO in actively managing their networks to facilitate reliability under extreme levels of solar PV. This flexibility can also be used to optimize system operations with respect to economic signals from wholesale energy and ancillary service markets. Here, we present a novel hierarchical scheme that actively controls behind-the-meter DERs to reliablymanage each unbalanced distribution feeder and exploits the available flexibility to ensure reliable operation and economically optimize the entire distribution network. Each layer of the scheme employs advanced optimization methods at different timescales to ensure that the system operates within both grid and device limits. The hierarchy is validated in a large-scale realistic simulation based on data from the industry. Simulation results show that coordination of flexibility improves both system reliability and economics, and enables greater penetration of solar PV. Discussion is also provided on the practical viability of the required communications and controls to implement the presented scheme within a large DSO.},
  author = {Almassalkhi, Mads and Brahma, Sarnaduti and Nazir, Nawaf and Ossareh, Hamid and Racherla, Pavan and Kundu, Soumya and Nandanoori, Sai P. and Ramachandran, Thiagarajan and Singhal, Ankit and Gayme, Dennice and Ji, Chengda and Mallada, Enrique and Shen, Yue and You, Pengcheng and Anand, Dhananjay},
  doi = {10.3390/en13236399},
  grants = {CAREER-1752362,EPCN-1711188,AMPS-1736448,TRIPODS-1934979},
  journal = {Energies},
  month = {12},
  number = {23},
  pages = {1-35},
  title = {Hierarchical, Grid-Aware, and Economically Optimal Coordination of Distributed Energy Resources in Realistic Distribution Systems},
  url = {https://mallada.ece.jhu.edu/pubs/2020-ENERGIES-ABetal.pdf},
  volume = {13},
  year = {2020}
}