Integration of Large PV Power Plants and Batteries in the Electric Power System

Louisville Section and Life Member AG Technical Meeting

Date:  Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020
Time:  6:30 PM
Location:  IEEE WebEx Virtual Meeting
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The declining cost of renewable energy, coupled with the need for cleaner sources of energy and environmental protection policies have led to the growing penetration of inverter-based resources, such as solar photovoltaics (PV), wind, and Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) into the electric power system.
The intermittent nature of these resources poses multiple challenges to the power grid. Substantial changes in conventional generation and electrical power delivery practices will be required to accommodate the large penetration of these renewable power plants.
Furthermore, detailed models will be required to evaluate the impact of multi-MW solar PV penetration on the power system, and the use of BESS to mitigate some of the challenges due to solar PV intermittency. 
This presentation will review an approach for developing detailed models of utility-scale solar PV and BESS that are validated using data retrieved from an operational 10 MW PV farm and 1 MW/2 MWh BESS.  Additionally, a novel approach for estimating the equivalent circuit parameters for utility-scale BESS using equipment typically available at the installation site will be presented. Finally, the detailed technical benefits of a proposed configuration for integrating BESS into existing PV power plants will also be reviewed.

Speaker: Dr. Seun Akeyo

Seun Akeyo is a Senior Engineer at Sargent & Lundy in Chicago, IL, USA, where he focuses on the transient modeling of power plants and high voltage transmission systems.

He received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky (UK) in 2020.  His research at UK contributed to projects sponsored by DOE and in close collaboration with large utilities, especially LG&E-KU.

Dr. Akeyo has published more than fifteen peer-reviewed journal papers and conference proceedings, which include a Best Poster/Paper Award at the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA) in Birmingham, England, and the 2020 Best Paper Award – Third Prize from the IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS) RESCCS based on a paper published in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Vol. 55.

Address:Sargent & Lundy, , Chicago, Illinois, United States