Special Issue "Active Regional Energy Systems and Microgrids"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Power Electronics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Amjad Anvari-Moghaddam
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Associate Professor, Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg 9220, Denmark
Interests: power system operation and planning; microgrids and active energy networks; energy markets and analytics; operations research and its applications to energy systems
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Prof. Dr. João P. S. Catalão
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University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
Interests: power system operations and planning; hydrothermal scheduling and wind/price forecasting; power system economics and electricity markets; risk analysis, uncertainty, and stochastic programming; renewable energies and demand-side management
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The shift towards an active energy grid (AEG) dominated by prosumers will inevitably affect the way that energy is locally produced, distributed, and consumed. In this transition, regional energy systems and microgrids can play a major role by hosting the needed drivers, such as the increasing uptake of new and emerging technologies for decentralized energy systems, the boosting digitalization and associated business models, as well as future societal trends. These active energy networks can also provide optimized solutions for better integration of distributed energy sources and higher system flexibility through involving different energy carriers as well as utilizing local energy storage options and responsive loads. Technological service systems, as inseparable parts of AEGs, could also support/facilitate dynamic business processes and provide suitable business models for serving different market participants, such as individual consumers and prosumers, system operators, facility managers, energy suppliers, service providers, and aggregators.

This Special Issue aims to cover the most recent technical advances and dynamic areas of research and development in all AEG aspects, including design, operation, control, and optimization. Both theoretical derivations or practical development of active regional energy systems and microgrids are welcomed. Reviews and surveys of the state-of-the-art in AEGs are also welcomed.

Topics of interest to this Special Issue include but are not limited to:

  • Planning and operation of active energy networks and microgrids
  • Control and protection of AEGs
  • Energy hubs and multicarrier energy systems
  • Integrated energy systems and microgrids clusters
  • Regional energy system regulatory frameworks, markets, and ancillary services
  • Risk modeling and management in AEGs
  • Micro- and nano-energy systems and technologies
  • Energy conversion, storage, and management
  • Modelling and optimization of AEGs
  • Distributed generation resources
  • Transactive energy
  • Energy forecasting
  • Energy resource management
  • Renewable technology assessment and management
  • Flexible demand and energy storages
  • Cyberphysical systems, information and communication infrastructure, and data analytics
  • Real-world practical applications of regional energy system and microgrids.

 

Dr. Amjad Anvari-Moghaddam
Prof. Dr. João P. S. Catalão
Guest Editors

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Optimal Design of a Wide Area Measurement System Using Hybrid Wireless Sensors and Phasor Measurement Units
Electronics 2019, 8(10), 1085; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics8101085 - 24 Sep 2019
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Real-time monitoring of the power system by phasor measurement units (PMUs) leads to the development of such devices in a wide area measurement system (WAMS). However, the power system observability cannot be obtained by employing only PMUs. The communication infrastructure (CI) is a [...] Read more.
Real-time monitoring of the power system by phasor measurement units (PMUs) leads to the development of such devices in a wide area measurement system (WAMS). However, the power system observability cannot be obtained by employing only PMUs. The communication infrastructure (CI) is a significant part of the WAMS that has to be optimally designed and implemented to collect data from PMUs and deliver them to control centers. In this paper, a novel hybrid wireless sensor network is proposed for the connection of PMUs throughout the system to enable convenient and low-cost communication media. The problem of observability in the communication system is checked along with the optimal placement of PMUs in the power system to reach full observability. A hybrid wireless sensor network including plug-in powered sensor nodes (PPSNs) and energy harvesting sensor nodes (EHSNs) is utilized for increasing the reliability of the communication system. In the proposed co-optimal PMU-sensor placement problem, the main objective is to minimize the total cost of PMU placement and the related communication system, considering full observability of the power system and CI. To achieve better results, the zero-injection bus (ZIB) effect and system observability redundancy index (SORI) are considered as a constraint in the objective function. A binary-coded genetic algorithm is used for solving the proposed mixed-objective optimization problem subject to different technical operating constraints. The proposed method is examined on IEEE 13-bus and IEEE 37-bus test feeder systems. The results show the applicability and effectiveness of the proposed method compared with the conventional methods in this subject area. Full article
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Risk-Constrained Stochastic Scheduling of a Grid-Connected Hybrid Microgrid with Variable Wind Power Generation
Electronics 2019, 8(5), 577; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics8050577 - 25 May 2019
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This paper presents a risk-constrained scheduling optimization model for a grid-connected hybrid microgrid including demand response (DR), electric vehicles (EVs), variable wind power generation and dispatchable generation units. The proposed model determines optimal scheduling of dispatchable units, interactions with the main grid as [...] Read more.
This paper presents a risk-constrained scheduling optimization model for a grid-connected hybrid microgrid including demand response (DR), electric vehicles (EVs), variable wind power generation and dispatchable generation units. The proposed model determines optimal scheduling of dispatchable units, interactions with the main grid as well as adjustable responsive loads and EVs demand to maximize the expected microgrid operator’s profit under different scenarios. The uncertainties of day-ahead (DA) market prices, wind power production and demands of customers and EVs are considered in this study. To address these uncertainties, conditional value-at-risk (CVaR) as a risk measurement tool is added to the optimization model to evaluate the risk of profit loss and to indicate decision attitudes in different conditions. The proposed method is finally applied to a typical hybrid microgrid with flexible demand-side resources and its applicability and effectives are verified over different working conditions with uncertainties. Full article
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