Application of Mobile Energy Storage for Enhancing Power Grid Resilience: A Review: Article No. 6476

Jesse Dugan, Salman Mohagheghi, Benjamin Kroposki

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Natural disasters can lead to large-scale power outages, affecting critical infrastructure and causing social and economic damages. These events are exacerbated by climate change, which increases their frequency and magnitude. Improving power grid resilience can help mitigate the damages caused by these events. Mobile energy storage systems, classified as truck-mounted or towable battery storage systems, have recently been considered to enhance distribution grid resilience by providing localized support to critical loads during an outage. Compared to stationary batteries and other energy storage systems, their mobility provides operational flexibility to support geographically dispersed loads across an outage area. This paper provides a comprehensive and critical review of academic literature on mobile energy storage for power system resilience enhancement. As mobile energy storage is often coupled with mobile emergency generators or electric buses, those technologies are also considered in the review. Allocation of these resources for power grid resilience enhancement requires modeling of both the transportation system constraints and the power grid operational constraints. These aspects are discussed, along with a discussion on the cost–benefit analysis of mobile energy resources. The paper concludes by presenting research gaps, associated challenges, and potential future directions to address these challenges.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages19
Issue number20
StatePublished - 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5D00-80977


  • mobile energy resources
  • mobile energy storage
  • power system resilience
  • resilience enhancement
  • service restoration


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