Special Issue "Power System Simulation with Renewable Power: Protection, Optimization and Control"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Computer Science & Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. J. C. Hernandez
Guest Editor
Electrical Engineering department, University of Jaen, Campus Las Lagunillas, s/n, 23071, Jaen, Spain
Interests: power electronics; renewable systems; microgrids; electric vehicles; power quality; power systems simulation; metaheuristic optimization
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Dr. Oscar Danilo Montoya
Guest Editor
Smart Energy Lab, Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, km 1 vía Turbaco, Cartagena 131001, Colombia.
Engineering Faculty, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogota D.C., 11021, Colombia.
Interests: power system optimization; linear and nonlinear control; power electronics; renewable energy; microgrids; dynamical simulation; exact and metaheuristic optimization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Undoubtedly, renewable energy sources (RES) have changed traditional transmission grids and represent a significant electricity resource in modern power systems. In this context, the analysis, operation, and control of power systems are increasingly complex tasks that require advanced simulation models to analyze and control the effects of transformations concerning electricity grids today: massive integration of RES, progressive implementation of electric vehicles, development of intelligent networks, and progressive evolution of the applications of artificial intelligence.

This Special Issue will present the latest research developments and practical applications in the field of protection, control, and optimization in new scenarios for future power systems. These include, in particular but not exclusively:

  • Modeling, design, analysis, and control of low-power and high-power converters for renewable energy conversion and their interconnections;
  • Design and control of intelligent power plants for future power grids;
  • Modelling, control, and simulation of battery-based energy storage systems integrated in renewable plants;
  • Modelling of smart grids with RES;
  • Dynamical modeling and control of flywheels, supercapacitors, superconducting coils, and energy storage technologies for AC and DC distribution applications;
  • Optimization algorithms for energy management and intelligent control of RES plants in distribution grid;
  • Impact of RES plants on power quality;
  • Planning and operation of renewable power systems;
  • Analysis and control of DC and hybrid AC/DC power networks;
  • Ancillary services of distributed generation;
  • Diagnostics, maintenance, risks, reliability, vulnerability, and self-healing of grids;
  • Big data analysis.

Dr. J. C. Hernandez
Dr. Oscar Danilo Montoya
Guest Editors

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  • Power system modeling
  • Optimization algorithms
  • Renewable energies
  • Distributed generation
  • Systems and control for sustainability
  • Power quality
  • Hybrid AC/DC systems
  • Linear and nonlinear control methods
  • Distribution system planning and operation
  • Exact and metaheuristic optimization

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An Approach for Optimal Coordination of Over-Current Relays in Microgrids with Distributed Generation
Electronics 2020, 9(10), 1740; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9101740 - 21 Oct 2020
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The ever increasing presence of renewable distributed generation (DG) in microgrids is imposing new challenges in protection coordination. The high penetration of renewable DG enables microgrids to operate under different topologies, giving rise to bidirectional power flows and in consequence, rendering traditional coordination [...] Read more.
The ever increasing presence of renewable distributed generation (DG) in microgrids is imposing new challenges in protection coordination. The high penetration of renewable DG enables microgrids to operate under different topologies, giving rise to bidirectional power flows and in consequence, rendering traditional coordination approaches inappropriate to guarantee network security. This paper proposes an approach for the optimal coordination of directional over-current relays (OCRs) in microgrids that integrate renewable DG and feature several operational modes. As a main contribution, the characteristic curves of directional OCRs are considered to be decision variables, instead of fixing a single type of curve for all relays as considered in previous works. The proposed approach allows for the selection of several IEC and IEEE curves which combination results in the best protection coordination. Several tests were carried out on an IEC benchmark microgrid in order to show the applicability of the proposed approach. Furthermore, a comparison with other coordination approaches evidenced that the proposed approach is able to find lower operation times and, at the same time, guarantee the suitable operation of protections under different condition faults and operational modes. Full article
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