Review of energy storage systems in electric grid and their potential in distribution networks

Abdul-Wahab Alhadi Al-Hamali, Mohamed Emad Farrag, Geraint Bevan, Donald M. Hepburn

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Concerns over changes to the global environment and the growing need for energy have increased the penetration of renewable energy (RE) generation into low voltage distribution networks. The introduction of Energy Storage Systems (ESS) into distribution networks has been proposed to improve the reliability and performance of power systems. Energy storage systems will also be important in helping to regulate the supply from intermittent RE sources that feed into variable load demand. The focus of this paper is to provide an overview of the state of the art of ESS, concentrating on the distinct characteristics and applications of the different types. The analysis includes comparison and evaluation of different storage preferences with regard to integration of these technologies with an electric grid at the distribution network level that may lead to benefits such as distribution upgrade deferral and improvements in power quality and reliability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication18th International Middle East Power Systems Conference (MEPCON), 2016
EditorsOmar H. Abdalla
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467390637
ISBN (Print)9781467390637
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2017


  • energy storage
  • distribution network
  • power system


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