Date: Nov 4, 2011
Room: 1345 EB
Microgrid Architecture: Reliable
Design and Autonomous Control
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
In recent years, distributed energy resources (DER) have been receiving increasing attention worldwide, as alternatives to centralized generation. It is speculated that over the next couple of decades the penetration of DERs will grow dramatically. The bulk of DERs will be integrated into existing distribution systems, with necessary upgrades, and today’s distribution systems will evolve into microgrids. Microgrids can potentially make electric power systems highly reliable and secure.
This presentation will discuss the tremendous potential of intelligent and autonomous microgrids as tomorrow’s energy delivery systems, and the need for cross-cutting research to enable this technology. The speaker will describe some of his contributions to microgrid architecture, in both reliability-centered design and autonomous control. He will present applications of both evolutionary and traditional methods in reliability-centered expansion planning. He will discuss his present work on autonomous control of microgrids and directions for future research on microgrid architecture, and share some of the challenges and opportunities in this emerging field.
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