Document Type thesis Author Name Robinson, Paul E URN etd-121709-090929 Title Analysis of Distributed Resources Potential Impacts on Electric System Efficacy Degree MS Department Electrical & Computer Engineering Advisors Prof. Alexander E. Emanuel, Advisor Prof. Slobodan Pajic, Committee Member Keywords electric system distributed resources peak shaving load shifting Date of Presentation/Defense 2009-12-17 Availability unrestricted
The intent of this Thesis is to study the potential of distributed resources to increase the efficacy of the electric system without decreasing the efficiency of the system. Distributed resources (DR) are technologies that provide an increase in power or a decrease in load on the distribution system. An example of DR is a storage device that uses electricity during low use periods to store energy and then converts the stored energy to power during high use periods.
The energy storage being studied is for the purpose of peak shaving or the ability to shift small amounts of load to a more optimum time. In particular the concept of load curve leveling is explored. DR options are studied to determine how size, location, and storage losses impact the overall system efficacy and efficiency. This includes impacts on system losses, capacity utilization, and energy costs.
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