Two applications for superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) devices in power systems are studied. One is for peak shaving, and the other is for load leveling. Consideration is given to placing these devices near load centers to reduce the line losses. For (SMES) cases studied using smaller size devices at several load centers, the line losses are lowered. However, the efficiency of SMES is proportional to its size, and the capitol cost per MWH is much greater for a smaller size SMES unit when compared to a larger SMES unit. Once the location or locations for SMES have been selected, power and capacity specifications can be determined by examining the load profiles and using economic dispatch methods. By comparing the results in costs and credits, the best sizing and system location of SMES units can be established.

Meeting Name

7th Annual UMR-MEC Conference on Energy (1980: Oct. 14-16, Rolla, MO)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings


Energy Research Technology

Document Version

Final Version

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© 1980 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Publication Date

16 Oct 1980