Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Electrical and Computer Engineering (Holcomb Dept. of)
Dr. Johan Enslin
Dr. Ramtin Hadidi
Dr. Kumar Venayagamoorthy
The face of transportation is changing as a greater number of companies and private individuals switch from traditional automobiles to electric vehicles. This surge has been bolstered by improvements in technology, increased marketing, and a heightened focus on the role humanity plays in climate change. This advancement brings a growth in electrical demand caused by the charging loads of these vehicles. Due to the quick, sudden rise of this technology, the utility energy industry is still in the early stages of preparing for electric vehicle loads beyond the traditional load growth.
Though the technology for battery energy storage has been around for some time, there has been a recent resurgence of interest in using it at the grid level. Improvements in technology have made batteries cheaper and more efficient, while the interest in integrating more renewable energy sources has increased their production. With these improvements, battery energy storage may now be useful in mitigating the adverse effects of electric vehicle integration and improving the otherwise accelerated financial impact of these new charging loads.
In this thesis, the grid impacts of electric vehicle growth and integration are observed on provided models of real-world feeders. Using this data, the effectiveness of battery energy storage systems in mitigating these impacts in a manner that is economical and beneficial to the utility, the customer, and the environment is analyzed. Following this, a general approach for analyzing electric vehicle impacts and potential mitigation strategies is presented.
Stowe, Chance, "Battery Energy Storage System Mitigation Strategies for the Grid Impacts of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure" (2022). All Theses. 3757.