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Title: Grid Interactive Microgrid Controller for Resilient Communities

Abstract

The objective of this project was to determine microgrid controller requirements using a use-case approach, then develop, configure and validate the performance of an advanced microgrid controller capable of managing from 1 to 10 megawatts (MW) of aggregated generation capacity to meet the performance targets outlined in DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0000997 (FOA 997) “Microgrid Research, Development, and System Design” and support the expanding deployment of commercial scale microgrid systems. The project aimed to develop and validate a commercially viable and flexible microgrid controller, easily adapted to different end-user community applications and to a range of electric grid characteristics with the primary outcome of the project being a standard operational model that can be deployed at multiple communities, each with unique resources and resiliency requirements. Spirae’s Wave™ microgrid controller was the advanced microgrid controller utilized in this project. The Spirae Wave™ control platform provides a scalable architecture for integrating and managing high levels of renewable and distributed energy resources (DER) at the edge of the grid. The motivation for the project is a result of the increased interest in microgrids resulting from the confluence of a number of important factors 1) Costs of distributed generation of many different typesmore » continues to decrease. This includes gas-based generation that has benefited from the lower cost of natural gas as well as renewable generation (solar, wind, hydro), 2) Storage development for many different industries is lowering its cost for the electric power industry. Storage is a key element of a microgrid to provide the flexibility of operation needed, 3) Applications like combined heat and power further improve the economics of local generation and provide the opportunity for local optimization of resources and loads, 4) There continues to be a need for improved resiliency and coordination of local system strategies (e.g. microgrids) with overall grid investments that can result in more optimum overall investment strategies and reduced times to restore power after major events. The increased interest in microgrids as both a system for local energy optimization and for improved resiliency comes with a need for new controller strategies that can help realize these applications. The new controllers should also reflect industry standards and provide a platform for continued innovation. Additionally, the controllers should be flexible to adapt to a wide variety of end-user community applications and to a wide range of electric grid characteristics. The controller should be equipped with standard functions and interfaces that can expand community opportunities for microgrids.« less

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  1. Spirae
  2. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  3. EDF
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Electric Power Research Inst. (EPRI), Palo Alto, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE)
OSTI Identifier:
1525785
Report Number(s):
Final Report for DE-OE0000729
DOE Contract Number:  
OE0000729
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Maitra, Arindam, Shi, Jane, Weng, Dean, Singh, Gaurav, Handa, Rachna, Chhabra, M., Pacific, O., Addington, S., Zinn, J., Leichtman, T., Schramm, D., Pratt, A., Prabakar, K., Miller, B., Joseph Auguste, L., Jecu, C., and Mathevon, P. Grid Interactive Microgrid Controller for Resilient Communities. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1525785.
Maitra, Arindam, Shi, Jane, Weng, Dean, Singh, Gaurav, Handa, Rachna, Chhabra, M., Pacific, O., Addington, S., Zinn, J., Leichtman, T., Schramm, D., Pratt, A., Prabakar, K., Miller, B., Joseph Auguste, L., Jecu, C., & Mathevon, P. Grid Interactive Microgrid Controller for Resilient Communities. United States. doi:10.2172/1525785.
Maitra, Arindam, Shi, Jane, Weng, Dean, Singh, Gaurav, Handa, Rachna, Chhabra, M., Pacific, O., Addington, S., Zinn, J., Leichtman, T., Schramm, D., Pratt, A., Prabakar, K., Miller, B., Joseph Auguste, L., Jecu, C., and Mathevon, P. Fri . "Grid Interactive Microgrid Controller for Resilient Communities". United States. doi:10.2172/1525785. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1525785.
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title = {Grid Interactive Microgrid Controller for Resilient Communities},
author = {Maitra, Arindam and Shi, Jane and Weng, Dean and Singh, Gaurav and Handa, Rachna and Chhabra, M. and Pacific, O. and Addington, S. and Zinn, J. and Leichtman, T. and Schramm, D. and Pratt, A. and Prabakar, K. and Miller, B. and Joseph Auguste, L. and Jecu, C. and Mathevon, P.},
abstractNote = {The objective of this project was to determine microgrid controller requirements using a use-case approach, then develop, configure and validate the performance of an advanced microgrid controller capable of managing from 1 to 10 megawatts (MW) of aggregated generation capacity to meet the performance targets outlined in DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0000997 (FOA 997) “Microgrid Research, Development, and System Design” and support the expanding deployment of commercial scale microgrid systems. The project aimed to develop and validate a commercially viable and flexible microgrid controller, easily adapted to different end-user community applications and to a range of electric grid characteristics with the primary outcome of the project being a standard operational model that can be deployed at multiple communities, each with unique resources and resiliency requirements. Spirae’s Wave™ microgrid controller was the advanced microgrid controller utilized in this project. The Spirae Wave™ control platform provides a scalable architecture for integrating and managing high levels of renewable and distributed energy resources (DER) at the edge of the grid. The motivation for the project is a result of the increased interest in microgrids resulting from the confluence of a number of important factors 1) Costs of distributed generation of many different types continues to decrease. This includes gas-based generation that has benefited from the lower cost of natural gas as well as renewable generation (solar, wind, hydro), 2) Storage development for many different industries is lowering its cost for the electric power industry. Storage is a key element of a microgrid to provide the flexibility of operation needed, 3) Applications like combined heat and power further improve the economics of local generation and provide the opportunity for local optimization of resources and loads, 4) There continues to be a need for improved resiliency and coordination of local system strategies (e.g. microgrids) with overall grid investments that can result in more optimum overall investment strategies and reduced times to restore power after major events. The increased interest in microgrids as both a system for local energy optimization and for improved resiliency comes with a need for new controller strategies that can help realize these applications. The new controllers should also reflect industry standards and provide a platform for continued innovation. Additionally, the controllers should be flexible to adapt to a wide variety of end-user community applications and to a wide range of electric grid characteristics. The controller should be equipped with standard functions and interfaces that can expand community opportunities for microgrids.},
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