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OPTIMUS (MEC: 2013-2015)

The growing presence of distributed generation systems is producing significant changes in the
electrical network configuration. In this scenario, a great interest on smart microgrids for
residential applications is arousing. The lack of standards and the limited information available on
these power systems makes this field an open research topic. Important issues such as the
development of specific equipment, the synthesis of monitoring and control systems to ensure the
efficient management of microgrid energy and the provision of ancillary services that facilitate the
integration of the microgrid into the distribution network are the main objectives proposed in this
project.
A research experience like that proposed in this project requires an experimental verification of
the results. In this sense, this project proposes the implementation of an experimental microgrid,
in which tests on microgenerators, energy storage systems and loads will be carried out. The aim
is also to experimentally validate the characteristics of the microgrid in terms of reliability, stability,
robustness and power quality.
Several contributions are expected in both the control design of the microgrid equipments and the
synthesis of monitoring and control systems of the microgrid. The provision of ancillary servicies
is probably the most innovative issue of the project and, therefore, we expect a considerable
number of contributions in this particular field. The practical experiences that will be carried out
will offer a technological innovation for the companies supporting this project.
The research groups involved in this coordinated project have been collaborating in research and
development for over twelve years and they are complementary in their experience of power
system design and its associated control systems.

Cooperative control for optimum energy management in smart electrical microgrids

PERIOD: Jan 2013-Des 2015
FUNDING ENTITY: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
GRANT AGREEMENT NO.: ENE2012-37667-C02-02
CONTACT PERSON: Miguel Castilla

Description

The growing presence of distributed generation systems is producing significant changes in the electrical network configuration. In this scenario, a great interest on smart microgrids for residential applications is arousing. The lack of standards and the limited information available on these power systems makes this field an open research topic. Important issues such as the development of specific equipment, the synthesis of monitoring and control systems to ensure the efficient management of microgrid energy and the provision of ancillary services that facilitate the integration of the microgrid into the distribution network are the main objectives proposed in this project.

A research experience like that proposed in this project requires an experimental verification of the results. In this sense, this project proposes the implementation of an experimental microgrid, in which tests on microgenerators, energy storage systems and loads will be carried out. The aim is also to experimentally validate the characteristics of the microgrid in terms of reliability, stability, robustness and power quality. Several contributions are expected in both the control design of the microgrid equipments and the synthesis of monitoring and control systems of the microgrid. The provision of ancillary services is probably the most innovative issue of the project and, therefore, we expect a considerable number of contributions in this particular field. The practical experiences that will be carried out will offer a technological innovation for the companies supporting this project.