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A technical review of modeling techniques for urban solar mobility: Solar to buildings, vehicles, and storage (S2BVS)

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posted on 21.01.2021, 15:04 by Pei Huang, Xingxing Zhang, Benedetta Copertaro, Puneet Kumar Saini, Da Yan, Yi Wu, Xiangjie Chen
The deployment of solar photovoltaics (PV) and electric vehicles (EVs) is continuously increasing during urban energy transition. With the increasing deployment of energy storage, the development of the energy sharing concept and the associated advanced controls, the conventional solar mobility model (i.e., solar-to-vehicles (S2V), using solar energy in a different location) and context are becoming less compatible and limited for future scenarios. For instance, energy sharing within a building cluster enables buildings to share surplus PV power generation with other buildings of insufficient PV power generation, thereby improving the overall PV power utilization and reducing the grid power dependence. However, such energy sharing techniques are not considered in the conventional solar mobility models, which limits the potential for performance improvements. Therefore, this study conducts a systematic review of solar mobility-related studies as well as the newly developed energy concepts and techniques. Based on the review, this study extends the conventional solar mobility scope from S2V to solar-to-buildings, vehicles and storage (S2BVS). A detailed modeling of each sub-system in the S2BVS model and related advanced controls are presented, and the research gaps that need future investigation for promoting solar mobility are identified. The aim is to provide an up-to-date review of the existing studies related to solar mobility to decision makers, so as to help enhance solar power utilization, reduce buildings’ and EVs’ dependence and impacts on the power grid, as well as carbon emissions

Funding

EU Horizon 2020 EnergyMatching project (grant number 768766)

UBMEM project of the Swedish Energy Agency (grant number 46068)

J. Gust. Richert foundation in Sweden (grant number: 2020-00586)

History

School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Research Unit

  • Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

Published in

Sustainability

Volume

12

Issue

17

Publisher

MDPI

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by MDPI under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

26/08/2020

Publication date

2020-08-28

Copyright date

2020

eISSN

2071-1050

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Xiangjie Chen. Deposit date: 19 January 2021

Article number

7035

Licence

Exports