Integrated Microgrid Control Platform
NC State researchers are developing a scalable and reusable Integrated Microgrid Control Platform (IMCP) to tackle the difficult challenge of integrating multiple generation sources, including legacy devices into microgrids. This solution utilizes distributed computing techniques, advanced software engineering methods and modern control algorithms that enable the IMCP to be easily reconfigured. This platform can be reused and will greatly increase the speed, efficiency and affordability of integrating different and complex power sources.
The grant—running from July 31, 2020 to July 31, 2024—is for a total of $1,082,687.
Srdjan Miodrag Lukic
David Lee Lubkeman
Integration of multiple generation sources, including legacy devices is a difficult problem due to multiple causes: lack of advanced control algorithms, engineering processes for integrating generation technology, and the inherent complexities of system integration. Forming networked microgrids out of these heterogeneous power sources is a further challenge, due to the varying dynamics of the resources, different communication protocols used and the required redesign of the protection systems. Our aim is to demonstrate how a solution based on distributed computing techniques, advanced software engineering methods and state-of-the-art control algorithms can provide a scalable and reusable solution to the problem, yielding a highly configurable Integrated Microgrid Control Platform (IMCP) that can be reused across many facilities.