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Special Issue "Academic and Industrial Research Experience for Experimental Microgrids"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Giuseppe Forte

Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, Politecnico di Bari, via E. Orabona, 4 - 70125 Bari, Italy
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Interests: microgrid operation programming, power conversion and management, electricity transmission networks, multi-energy systems, distribution system operation, ancillary services
Guest Editor
Dr. Maria Dicorato

Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, Politecnico di Bari, via E. Orabona, 4 - 70125 Bari, Italy
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Interests: power system dynamics and control, integration of renewable energy sources, regional energy planning, energy storage, electricity markets

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The concept of "microgrids" is the object of several research efforts by universities and industry, investigating the various aspects of management, monitoring, control, conversion, and communication, at the component and grid level. Moreover, microgrids involve regulatory issues and integration in electric energy systems, giving rise to new subjects, in charge of exchanging a variety of information with market and system operators, as well as with analogous entities. The diffusion of this paradigm is bolstered by test-beds, operation experiences, and actual applications.

This Special Issue of Energies on the subject area "Academic and Industrial Research Experience for Experimental Microgrids" is aimed at collecting papers addressing implementation aspects arising from design and running microgrid systems, developed at the laboratory level or for real use cases. Works dealing with field tests or proving the validity of strategies and policies are of interest as well.

A non-exhaustive list of the possible topics is reported below:

  • Development of devices for microgrid integration
  • Microgrid operation planning and real time control in laboratory/actual applications
  • DC microgrids in laboratory/actual applications
  • Mutual interaction of microgrids
  • Microgrid impact on distribution networks and ancillary services
  • Influence of microgrid paradigm evolution on power transmission network planning

We are looking forward to receiving your valuable contributions.

Dr. Giuseppe Forte
Dr. Maria Dicorato
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Microgrid
  • Operation programming
  • Field tests
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy storage
  • Electric vehicles
  • Power converters
  • SCADA systems
  • Ancillary services
  • Network development planning

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Open AccessArticle A Real-Life Application of a Smart User Network
Energies 2018, 11(12), 3504; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11123504
Received: 23 October 2018 / Revised: 30 November 2018 / Accepted: 13 December 2018 / Published: 15 December 2018
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Smart Community microgrids could help to improve overall energy efficiency reducing transmission and distribution losses and allowing the implementation of optimal load control and resource dispatching. In this context, the authors have proposed the realization of DC smart microgrids. They are considered as
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Smart Community microgrids could help to improve overall energy efficiency reducing transmission and distribution losses and allowing the implementation of optimal load control and resource dispatching. In this context, the authors have proposed the realization of DC smart microgrids. They are considered as a future prospective according to the increase of DC loads and DC output type distribution energy sources such as Photovoltaic and energy storage systems. In this paper, a DC smart microgrid, called Smart User Network, realized in a real-life application as a part of pilot site under the national research project PON04_00146 Smart cities and Communities and Social innovation named “Reti, Edifici, Strade Nuovi Obiettivi Virtuosi per l’Ambiente e l’Energia” (RES NOVAE), is illustrated. The Smart User Network, is managed by a distributed and decentralized control logic, the DC Bus Signaling, which allows the converters to operate independently of each other according to a decentralized logic. It guarantees the reliability, the continuity and the quality of supply, optimizing the use of energy produced by renewable energy sources, also in stand-alone configuration. The most significant experimental results obtained both in grid-connected and stand-alone configuration are presented and discussed. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Power Management of the DC Bus Connected Converters in a Hybrid AC/DC Microgrid Tied to the Main Grid
Energies 2018, 11(4), 794; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11040794
Received: 14 February 2018 / Revised: 8 March 2018 / Accepted: 26 March 2018 / Published: 29 March 2018
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In this paper, a centralized control strategy for the efficient power management of power converters composing a hybrid AC/DC microgrid is explained. The study is focused on the converters connected to the DC bus. The proposed power management algorithm is implemented in a
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In this paper, a centralized control strategy for the efficient power management of power converters composing a hybrid AC/DC microgrid is explained. The study is focused on the converters connected to the DC bus. The proposed power management algorithm is implemented in a microgrid central processor which is based on assigning several operation functions to each of the generators, loads and energy storage systems in the microgrid. The power flows between the DC and AC buses are studied in several operational scenarios to verify the proposed control. Experimental and simulation results demonstrate that the algorithm allows control of the power dispatch inside the microgrid properly by performing the following tasks: communication among power converters, the grid operator and loads; connection and disconnection of loads; control of the power exchange between the distributed generators and the energy storage system and, finally, supervision of the power dispatch limit set by the grid operator. Full article
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