Investigation of energy storage media to improve network voltage regulation

Camilleri, Heath A. (2014) Investigation of energy storage media to improve network voltage regulation. [USQ Project]


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Ergon Energy currently has an extensive Single Line Earth (SWER) network across vast areas of regional Queensland. Growing load has caused many of these networks to approach their capacity limit. This leads to voltage fluctuations and usually requires expensive augmentation works.
If a portion of the load on these networks was transferred from the peak load period to a period of low demand a more uniforming load curve would result. This would reduce the maximum demand of the line and negate the need for expensive augmentation works over long line lengths.
This project investigates pumped hydroelectric storage and SWER networks to gain a technical understanding of both technologies and their existing applications. It then analyses whether it is feasible to use pumped hydroelectric storage technology to negate the need for the line augmentation works described in the previous scenario. This feasibility is quantified by designing a pumped hydroelectric storage system and modelling its effect on an Ergon Energy SWER feeder.
The results show that it is technically possible to install a pumped hydroelectric storage scheme on a SWER feeder to improve voltage regulation augment its capacity. However, a detailed study should be undertaken before undertaking such a project as it is only feasible where the additional civil infrastructure required for the scheme is minimal.

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Additional Information: bachelor of Engineering (Power) project.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Bowtell, Les
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 05:21
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2015 06:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: voltage regulation; SWER; pumped storage; hydroelectric power
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091305 Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
02 Physical Sciences > 0203 Classical Physics > 020302 Electrostatics and Electrodynamics
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4017 Mechanical engineering > 401703 Energy generation, conversion and storage (excl. chemical and electrical)
40 ENGINEERING > 4007 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics > 400799 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics not elsewhere classified
51 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 5103 Classical physics > 510303 Electrostatics and electrodynamics
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8506 Energy Storage, Distribution and Supply > 850602 Energy Storage (excl. Hydrogen)

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