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Published December 2016 | public
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Optimal placement of energy storage in distribution networks


We study the problem of optimally placing energy storage devices in distribution networks to minimize total energy loss, focusing on structural results. We use a continuous linearized branch-flow model to model the distribution network. For the special case of a linear network, modeling a main feeder, we explicitly derive the optimal solution when all loads have the same shape and prove several useful monotonicity properties of the optimal solution. We illustrate through simulations that these structural properties hold approximately also on radial networks modeled by standard discrete nonlinear power flow models and even when loads have different shapes. We discuss how these structural results provide insight for the planning of energy storage devices.

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© 2016 IEEE. This work was supported by Los Alamos National Lab through an DoE grant DE-AC52-06NA25396, DTRA through grant HDTRA 1-15-1-0003, NSF through CNS grant 1545096, EPCN grant 1619352, and CCF grant 1637598, and Skoltech through collaboration agreement 1075-MRA.

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