A Special Issue on Recent Advances in Academic R&D on Smart Grid Applications and Paradigms
By Shay Bahramirad & Daniel Kushner
Consumers, policymakers, and utilities are increasingly aware of the benefits that Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) can offer– reliability, economics, sustainability, and resiliency. Fulfilling the promise of this technological innovation, however, is only possible if DER owners receive fair compensation for the services they provide. In 2016, the Illinois State Legislature passed the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) to set a path towards the establishment of DER valuation process to further compensate future DERs for the services they provide to the distribution grid. The primary way that DERs can provide value to the distribution grid is by deferring traditional grid upgrades. If DERs can provide sufficient real power, reactive power, or reserves at the right place and time, a planned upgrade may be deferred. This can reduce the costs of grid design and operations, which are translated into value for customers.
By Thomas Strasser
Future power systems have to integrate a higher amount of distributed, renewable energy resources in order to cope with a growing electricity demand, while at the same time trying to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. In addition, power system operators are nowadays confronted with further challenges, due to the highly dynamic and stochastic behaviour of renewables, and the need to integrate controllable loads. Furthermore, due to ongoing changes to policy and regulatory frameworks, technology developments and the liberalization of energy markets, the resulting design and operation of the future electric energy system has to be updated.
By Giovanni Polizzi and Tony Fullelove
Indra and Monash University are collaborating to develop, implement and test a distribution management platform across the Clayton campus of the Monash University in Victoria, to control a grid-connected Microgrid comprising a variety of distributed energy resources (DER).
By Michael Liu, Luis (Nando) Ochoa, and Steven Low
Thanks to recent advances in computing power and alternative formulations, the solution time of large and complex AC Optimal Power Flow (OPF) problems has improved dramatically. This creates many opportunities in the context of future electricity distribution networks where the AC OPF can be used to orchestrate distributed energy resources (e.g., wind farms, solar PV systems, storage) and network assets (e.g., on-load tap changers, capacitor banks). In particular, the real-time application (i.e., decisions needed within seconds or minutes) of Smart Grid control schemes based on the AC OPF is becoming a more plausible concept that could soon be implemented in control rooms of distribution networks; and the R&D community is helping make this a reality.
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