MORE MICROGRIDSProject reference: 19864
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Advanced Architectures and Control Concepts for More Microgrids - MORE MICROGRIDS
Total cost:EUR 8 037 858
EU contribution:EUR 4 683 082
Call for proposal:FP6-2004-ENERGY-3See other projects for this call
Funding scheme:STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
Microgrids comprise LV distribution systems with distributed energy sources, storage devices and controllable loads, operated connected to the main power network or islanded, in a controlled, coordinated way. Research within the FP5 Project MICROGRIDS (ENK5-CT-2002-00610), focused on the operation of a single Microgrid, has successfully investigated appropriate control techniques and demonstrated the feasibility of Microgrids operation through laboratory experiments. The proposed project extends this work significantly with the following Scientific and Technical Objectives: 1. Investigation of micro generator, energy storage and load controllers to provide effective operation of Microgrids. 2. Development of alternative control strategies (centralised versus decentralised control, application of next generation ICT). 3. Alternative network designs (modern protection means, modern solid state interfaces, opertion at variable frequencies). 4. Technical and commercial integration of Multi-Microgirds (interface of several Microgrids with upstrean Distribution Management Systems, operation of decentralised energy markets). 5. Extensive field trials of alternative control strategies (experimental validation of Microgrid architectures in interconnected and islanded mode and during transition, testing of solid state components and interfaces and or alternative control strategies). 6. Standardisation of technical and commercial protocols and hardware (to allow easy installation of micro generators with plug and play capabilities). 7. Impact on power system operation (quantification of Microgrids benefits regarding reliability, network losses, environmental benefits, etc. at regional, national and EU level). 8. Impact on the development of electricity network infrastructures (quantification of the benefits of Microgrids for the overall network reinforcement and replacement strategy of the aging EU electricity infrastructure).