Enhanced representative days and system states modeling for energy storage investment analysis

Diego A. Tejada-Arango*, Maya Domeshek, Sonja Wogrin, Efraim Centeno

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This paper analyzes different models for evaluating investments in energy storage systems (ESS) in power systems with high penetration of renewable energy sources. First of all, two methodologies proposed in the literature are extended to consider ESS investment: a unit commitment model that uses the 'system states' (SS) method of representing time; and another one that uses a 'representative periods' (RP) method. Besides, this paper proposes two new models that improve the previous ones without a significant increase of computation time. The enhanced models are the 'system states reduced frequency matrix' model which addresses short-term energy storage more approximately than the SS method to reduce the number of constraints in the problem, and the 'representative periods with transition matrix and cluster indices' (RP-TM&CI) model which guarantees some continuity between representative periods, e.g., days, and introduces long-term storage into a model originally designed only for the short term. All these models are compared using an hourly unit commitment model as benchmark. While both system state models provide an excellent representation of long-term storage, their representation of short-term storage is frequently unrealistic. The RP-TM&CI model, on the other hand, succeeds in approximating both short- and long-term storage, which leads to almost 10 times lower error in storage investment results in comparison to the other models analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8334256
Pages (from-to)6534-6544
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Energy storage systems
  • power system modeling
  • power system planning
  • representative days
  • system states

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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