Special Issue "Protection Challenges under High Penetration of Distributed Energy Resources"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart Grids and Microgrids".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ali Bidram
Guest Editor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Interests: microgrid/smartgrid control; grid modernization; grid integration of renewable energy resources; power system protection and control
Dr. Matthew Reno
Guest Editor
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Interests: power system protection; microgrids; grid integration of renwable energy resources

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Power system protection is a vital operating component of power systems to detect and isolate faults. A protection system is expected to ascertain sensitivity and selectivity requirements. Modern power grids are facing the integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) at different levels and experiencing topology changes and clustering into multiple microgrids. DERs in general, and inverter-based resources (IBRs) in particular, pose different challenges on the protection system. As opposed to rotating types of generation sources, IBRs lack the required inertia to stabilize the power grid frequency and have different fault current signatures. This Special Issue will cover paper submissions related to the protection of power grids under high penetration of DERs. The list of topics includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Distribution system protection challenges in presence of DERs;
  • IBRs’ fault signatures;
  • Microgrid protection challenges;
  • Adaptive protection schemes;
  • Microgrid controller considerations for adaptive protection;
  • Integration of adaptive protection into distribution management systems;
  • Fast-tripping protection schemes in low-inertia power grids.

Dr. Ali Bidram
Dr. Matthew Reno
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Adaptive protection
  • Inverter-based resources
  • Microgrid protection
  • Smart grid

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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