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Optimal sizing and energy management of storage systems for renewable sources deployment, design of a LVDC microgrid

Jérémy Dulout 1
1 LAAS-ISGE - Équipe Intégration de Systèmes de Gestion de l'Énergie
LAAS - Laboratoire d'analyse et d'architecture des systèmes
Abstract : Because of our global high consumption of fossil fuels, these resources are becoming scarce and the environmental equilibrium of the Earth is endangered. Other energy sources are developed in order to build a new diversified and decarbonised energy mix. For example, in an urban context, the solar photovoltaic system has many assets such as the decentralized production of electricity, easy integration in buildings, transportation losses reduction, no sound during production, low environmental impact, etc. However, the production of this energy source is highly varying, difficult to predict (several timescales, from the cloud shadows to seasonal meteorological variations) and not correlated across time with our consumption needs. In order to enable a massive penetration of renewable energy sources in our conventional grid, the use of energy storage systems (e.g. electrochemical storage) seems a promising solution, taking into account the costs, supply security, technological maturity and ease of set up. Hence, new microgrids constituted by decentralized energy sources and energy storage systems have been developed in order to replace or complement the main centralized grid by ensuring some support functions (i.e. enhancement of the grid stability, black-start operation, replacement of diesel generators, etc.). The consumers become actors able to inject a part of all their surplus energy to the main grid, if the operation is accepted by the transmission system operator. A new business model is to define, especially in the case of putting a valuation on the functions that can help the main grid. During this thesis, several years of data from production and consumption of a photovoltaic building have been analysed in order to define the operating profile of an energy storage system that ensures the equilibrium of the microgrid. A behavioural model taking into account the ageing has been made for three storage technologies: lead-acid batteries, lithium-ion batteries, and supercapacitors. It enables the optimal sizing, the hybrid association of storage systems, and the optimal energy management of the microgrid. Several criteria assessing the operation of microgrids have been studied (e.g. annual cost of the storage system, self-consumption rate, loss of load probability, etc.). A multi-objective methodology, based on Pareto optimality, has been developed in order to optimize economic, environmental, and autonomy aspects. A low voltage DC prototype of some kilowatts has been developed for validating the different concepts presented in this thesis.
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Jérémy Dulout. Optimal sizing and energy management of storage systems for renewable sources deployment, design of a LVDC microgrid. Electronics. Université Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier (UT3 Paul Sabatier), 2017. English. ⟨tel-01719288⟩



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