Power Flow Tracing in Complex Networks

  • Mirko Schäfer
  • Sabrina Hempel
  • Jonas Hörsch
  • Bo Tranberg
  • Stefan Schramm
  • Martin Greiner
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Abstract

The increasing share of decentralized renewable power generation represents a challenge to the current and future energy system. Providing a geographical smoothing effect, long-range power transmission plays a key role for the system integration of these fluctuating resources. However, the build-up and operation of the necessary network infrastructure incur costs which have to be allocated to the users of the system. Flow tracing techniques, which attribute the power flow on a transmission line to the geographical location of its generation and consumption, represent a valuable tool set to design fair usage and thus cost allocation schemes for transmission investments. In this article, we introduce a general formulation of the flow tracing method and apply it to a simplified model of a highly renewable European electricity system. We review a statistical usage measure which allows to integrate network usage information for longer time series, and illustrate this measure using an analytical test case.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mirko Schäfer
    • 1
  • Sabrina Hempel
    • 1
  • Jonas Hörsch
    • 1
  • Bo Tranberg
    • 2
  • Stefan Schramm
    • 1
  • Martin Greiner
    • 2
  1. 1.Frankfurt Institute for Advanced StudiesFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Department of EngineeringAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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