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Energies 2016, 9(7), 496; doi:10.3390/en9070496

Implementation and Validation of a Self-Consumption Maximization Energy Management Strategy in a Vanadium Redox Flow BIPV Demonstrator

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Renewable Energies Chair, Universidade de Évora, 7002-554 Évora, Portugal
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Instituto de Investigação e Formação Avançada (IIFA), Universidade de Évora, Palácio do Vimioso, Largo Marquês de Marialva, Apart. 94, 7002-554 Évora, Portugal
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Instituto de Energía Solar, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editor: Xiaoliang Wei
Received: 12 May 2016 / Revised: 13 June 2016 / Accepted: 20 June 2016 / Published: 29 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Redox Flow Batteries)
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This paper presents the results of the implementation of a self-consumption maximization strategy tested in a real-scale Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VRFB) (5 kW, 60 kWh) and Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) demonstrator (6.74 kWp). The tested energy management strategy aims to maximize the consumption of energy generated by a BIPV system through the usage of a battery. Whenever possible, the residual load is either stored in the battery to be used later or is supplied by the energy stored previously. The strategy was tested over seven days in a real-scale VRF battery to assess the validity of this battery to implement BIPV-focused energy management strategies. The results show that it was possible to obtain a self-consumption ratio of 100.0%, and that 75.6% of the energy consumed was provided by PV power. The VRFB was able to perform the strategy, although it was noticed that the available power (either to charge or discharge) varied with the state of charge. View Full-Text
Keywords: vanadium redox flow battery; building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV); energy management strategy; self-consumption maximization; real-scale battery vanadium redox flow battery; building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV); energy management strategy; self-consumption maximization; real-scale battery
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Fialho, L.; Fartaria, T.; Narvarte, L.; Collares Pereira, M. Implementation and Validation of a Self-Consumption Maximization Energy Management Strategy in a Vanadium Redox Flow BIPV Demonstrator. Energies 2016, 9, 496.

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