Special Issue "Smart Distribution Grid Technologies and Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Anna Rita Di Fazio
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Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, 03043 Cassino, Italy
Interests: active distribution network; distributed generation; distributed energy resources; management and control; voltage regulation; decentralized and distributed control architectures; volt/var optimization; islanding operation; short-circuit analysis
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Prof. Dr. Giovanni M. Casolino
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Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Cassino, Italy
Interests: modeling and analysis; distribution networks; load area clustering; voltage regulation; electricity markets

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Distribution grids are moving towards a renewed flexible architecture to improve energy efficiency and reliability while minimizing costs and environmental impact. The road to the change is not trivial and presents various challenges that have to be tackled. Distributed energy resources together with smart control and communication systems are the ways to face the new challenges, but new studies and methods are required for the validation of the proposed solutions.

This Special Issue aims to encourage both academic and industrial researchers to present their latest enhancements concerning all the technologies for smart distribution grids and their applications. Theoretic findings and investigations about new technologies are awaited. Results from projects, laboratory and field tests are also welcome as well as comprehensive drawing of future scenarios.

Prof. Dr. Anna Rita Di Fazio
Prof. Dr. Giovanni M. Casolino
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Demand response
  • Demonstration or field application experiences
  • Distributed energy resources for ancillary services
  • Distributed generation
  • Distributed monitoring for distribution grids
  • Energy storage integration
  • Management and control of smart distribution grids
  • Microgrids
  • Renewable energies
  • Telecommunication systems for distribution grids

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Field Test of Wind Power Output Fluctuation Control Using an Energy Storage System on Jeju Island
Energies 2020, 13(21), 5760; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13215760 - 03 Nov 2020
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At present, renewable energy installations are expanding to solve both environmental problems and expensive energy fuel import prices in isolated areas. However, in a small-scale power system, rapid output fluctuations of renewable energy may cause power quality problems such as voltage and frequency [...] Read more.
At present, renewable energy installations are expanding to solve both environmental problems and expensive energy fuel import prices in isolated areas. However, in a small-scale power system, rapid output fluctuations of renewable energy may cause power quality problems such as voltage and frequency fluctuations in the power system. To solve this problem, the local government of Jeju Island in South Korea implemented a megawatt (MW)-class pilot project to stabilize the output power of wind turbines using an energy storage system (ESS). In this project, a 0.5 MWh lithium-ion battery was connected to a 3 MW wind turbine via 1 MW power conversion system (PCS). In this paper, the field test results were divided into four categories as follows. First, the performance of stabilizing the output of the wind turbine using ESS was confirmed. Second, the control performance of the ESS was confirmed when the wind turbine suddenly stopped due to an accident. Third, it was confirmed that the ESS discharged energy into the power system after the stabilization of the wind turbine output. Fourth, the reasons for the failure of the ESS to control output stabilization of the wind turbine were analyzed through MATLAB simulation. Full article
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Design and Development of Non-Isolated Modified SEPIC DC-DC Converter Topology for High-Step-Up Applications: Investigation and Hardware Implementation
Energies 2020, 13(15), 3960; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13153960 - 01 Aug 2020
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A new non-isolated modified SEPIC front-end dc-dc converter for the low power system is proposed in this paper, and this converter is the next level of the traditional SEPIC converter with additional devices, such as two diodes and splitting of the output capacitor [...] Read more.
A new non-isolated modified SEPIC front-end dc-dc converter for the low power system is proposed in this paper, and this converter is the next level of the traditional SEPIC converter with additional devices, such as two diodes and splitting of the output capacitor into two equal parts. The circuit topology proposed in this paper is formulated by combining the boost structure with the traditional SEPIC converter. Therefore, the proposed converter has the benefit of the SEPIC converter, such as continuous input current. The proposed circuit structure also improves the features, such as high voltage gain and high conversion efficiency. The converter comprises one MOSFET switch, one coupled inductor, three diodes, and two capacitors, including the output capacitor. The converter effectively recovers the leakage energy of the coupled inductor through the passive clamp circuit. The operation of the proposed converter is explained in continuous conduction mode (CCM) and discontinuous conduction mode (DCM). The required voltage gain of the converter can be acquired by adjusting the coupled inductor turn’s ratio along with the additional devices at less duty cycle of the switch. The simulation of the proposed converter under CCM is carried out, and an experimental prototype of 100 W, 25 V/200 V is made, and the experimental outcomes are presented to validate the theoretical discussions of the proposed converter. The operating performance of the proposed converter is compared with the converters discussed in the literature. The proposed converter can be extended by connecting voltage multiplier (VM) cell circuits to get the ultra-high voltage gain. Full article
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Advanced Distribution Measurement Technologies and Data Applications for Smart Grids: A Review
Energies 2020, 13(14), 3730; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13143730 - 20 Jul 2020
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The integration of advanced measuring technologies in distribution systems allows distribution system operators to have better observability of dynamic and transient events. In this work, the applications of distribution grid measurement technologies are explored in detail. The main contributions of this review are: [...] Read more.
The integration of advanced measuring technologies in distribution systems allows distribution system operators to have better observability of dynamic and transient events. In this work, the applications of distribution grid measurement technologies are explored in detail. The main contributions of this review are: (a) a comparison of eight advanced measurement devices for distribution networks, based on their technical characteristics, including reporting periods, measuring data, precision, and sample rate; (b) a review of the most recent applications of micro-Phasor Measurement Units, Smart Meters, and Power Quality Monitoring devices used in distribution systems, considering different novel methods applied for data analysis; and (c) an input-output table that relates measured quantities from micro-Phasor Measurement Units and Smart Meters needed for each specific application found in this extensive review. This paper aims to serve as an important guide for researches and engineers studying smart grids. Full article
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