Energy storage and distribution is an increasingly important problem as renewable (and generally unreliable) energy sources supply more of our power needs.
In this extended abstract we consider a simple network of energy suppliers, consumers and buffers modelled as fluid queues. Analytical evaluation of networks of fluid queues is hard as even tandem networks do no have a product form solution. We improve an approximation algorithm previously introduced to work in this new setting and evaluate our results using the Java JINQS simulator.
Information from pubs.doc.ic.ac.uk/icep-fluid-energy-network.