Economic and Environmental Assessment of Large-scale Electro-chemical and Flywheel Energy Storage Systems for Stationary Applications

  • Author / Creator
    Rahman, Md Mustafizur
  • There are few cost and environmental feasibility assessments of energy storage systems for utility-scale applications. The development of techno-economic and environmental performance indicators is crucial to make an informed decision on future development and deployment of energy storage technologies. This thesis aims to address the knowledge and literature gaps in economic and environmental aspects of energy storage systems for stationary applications. Scientific principles-based techno-economic and life cycle assessment models were developed for seven energy storage technologies: sodium-sulfur (Na-S), lithium-ion (Li-ion), valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA), nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd), vanadium redox flow (VRF), steel rotor flywheel, and composite rotor flywheel. Four stationary application scenarios were evaluated. These are bulk energy storage, transmission and distribution investment deferral, frequency regulation, and support of voltage regulation. With the rapidly growing number of electric vehicles, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology can play an important role in stabilizing electricity grids. An assessment is necessary to develop performance metrics for the V2G system and compare it with stationary energy storage systems. Therefore, a special case for an electro-chemical energy storage system, V2G, was investigated to evaluate its techno-economic feasibility in Canadian weather conditions.
    The system components were designed in such a way that the power and energy of each application scenario are met. Then, cost functions were developed, followed by estimation of the life cycle cost and the levelized cost of storage (LCOS). The environmental assessment involves building material and energy inventories and translating them to net energy ratio (NER) and life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions values.
    The LCOS ranges from $199-$941/MWh for the Na-S, $180-$1032/MWh for the Li-ion, $410-$1184/MWh for the VRLA, $802-$1991/MWh for the Ni-Cd, and $267-$3794/MWh for the VRF, depending on the application scenario. The life cycle GHG emissions range from 715-784 kg-CO2eq/MWh for Na-S, 625-659 kg-CO2eq/MWh for Li-ion, 749-803 kg-CO2eq/MWh for VRLA, 742-806 kg-CO2eq/MWh for Ni-Cd, and 800-963 kg-CO2eq/MWh for VRF. Because they have a longer cycle life, lower capital cost, and higher energy density, Li-ion and Na-S energy storage systems outperform other battery storage technologies.
    The composite rotor flywheel has a higher LCOS ($189.94/MWh) than the steel rotor flywheel ($146.41/MWh), mainly due to the higher composite material cost compared to steel. However, with respect to the life cycle GHG emissions, the composite rotor flywheel has a higher performance (48.9-95.0 kg-CO2eq/MWh) than the steel rotor (75.2-121.4 kg-CO2eq/MWh), mainly due to the higher operational energy consumption in the steel rotor flywheel to compensate for the frictional loss.

    In the techno-economic assessment of the V2G system, the weather conditions in four Canadian provinces were considered. The LCOS values for the V2G system range from $176.97/MWh in Quebec to $233.08/MWh in Ontario when it is used for energy arbitrage. When the V2G system is used for frequency regulation, the LCOS values range from $271.42/MWh in Quebec to $329.93/MWh in Ontario. The LCOS varies by province mainly because of differences in electricity prices and average ambient temperatures.
    The framework developed in this research can be used for assessment of other energy pathways. Insights from the study will help industry and electric utility companies understand the economic and environmental performances of electro-chemical and flywheel energy storage systems and ultimately help them make informed policy and investment decisions.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2022
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  • Degree
    Doctor of Philosophy
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