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Title: Networked Microgrids Scoping Study

Much like individual microgrids, the range of opportunities and potential architectures of networked microgrids is very diverse. The goals of this scoping study are to provide an early assessment of research and development needs by examining the benefits of, risks created by, and risks to networked microgrids. At this time there are very few, if any, examples of deployed microgrid networks. In addition, there are very few tools to simulate or otherwise analyze the behavior of networked microgrids. In this setting, it is very difficult to evaluate networked microgrids systematically or quantitatively. At this early stage, this study is relying on inputs, estimations, and literature reviews by subject matter experts who are engaged in individual microgrid research and development projects, i.e., the authors of this study The initial step of the study gathered input about the potential opportunities provided by networked microgrids from these subject matter experts. These opportunities were divided between the subject matter experts for further review. Part 2 of this study is comprised of these reviews. Part 1 of this study is a summary of the benefits and risks identified in the reviews in Part 2 and synthesis of the research needs required to enable networked microgrids.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [5] ;  [6] ;  [7] ;  [8] ;  [6] ;  [9] ;  [10] ;  [5]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. General MicroGrids, San Diego, CA (United States)
  3. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  4. Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States)
  5. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  6. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  7. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  8. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
  9. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  10. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1334654
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-16-27399
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396; AC02-05CH11231; AC04-94AL85000; AC05-00OR22725; AC02-06CH11357; SC0012704; AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY Energy Sciences