Jiwei Yao

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A Two-Level Optimization Framework for Battery Energy Storge Systems to Enhance Economics and Minimize Long-Term Capacity Fading

Jiwei Yao, Tao Gao, John Hedengren, Kody Powell

I am a 2nd year Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Kody Powell’s Lab within the Chemical Engineering Department. My research is focus on Li-ion battery operation.
This paper proposes a two-level optimization framework for a battery energy storage system to maximize revenue with consideration of the phenomena that cause battery’s capacity fading. Instead of solving the scheduling problem as a singular problem, a two-level optimization framework is introduced. The upper-level optimization focuses on maximizing revenue by arbitrage in a real-time electricity market. With the determined operating schedule, the lower-level optimization, solved with particle swarm optimization, determines the optimal charging current that mitigates the side reactions while maintaining economic performance. A case study using California energy prices is presented. With the proposed framework, the results show that the battery’s lifespan is extended by up to 5.1% and overall revenue increases by up to 9.8% compared to a singular economic optimization utilizing the standard constant current, constant voltage charging protocol.
During battery operation, side reactions cause capacity fading. This study utilizes a physics-based model to capture these side reactions. By integrating the physics-based model with the optimization algorithm, we can find the optimal operation condition (current) for the battery which can minimize the side reactions.
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