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Open-Source Modelling and Simulation of Microgrids and Active Distribution Networks
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center. (Future Energy)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1001-2489
University of Genoa, Italy.
University of Genoa, Italy.
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8466-356X
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2015 (English)In: Sustainable Places 2015, Conference Proceedings, Sigma Orionis , 2015, p. 91-99Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Distributed generation, and active distribution networks constitute an economic and technically viable alternative for reducing green house gases emissions and increase the use of renewable energy sources in local distribution grids. These active networks allow replacing large generators, usually located far from the consumption loads, thus considerably minimizing distribution losses and increase renewable energy penetration. However, designing and successfully controlling these complex networks, becomes a great engineering challenge; most computational modeling and simulation tools available for these systems are either focused on the individual generation components themselves, or the economic dispatch of multiple generators. Moreover, these tools often rely on closed source commercial software that use manufacturers' data for predefining the parameters of the models' components. This approach does not provide enough flexibility to users, since often is not possible to adjust these parameters. This paper presents object- oriented, component-based, open software components for simulating and optimizing the operation of active distribution networks, including multiple distributed generators and energy using the Modelica open-source modeling language. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sigma Orionis , 2015. p. 91-99
Keywords [en]
Modelling and Simulation, Distributed generation, Microturbines, Open Source, Smart Grid.
National Category
Energy Systems
Research subject
Energy- and Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-29347ISBN: 979-10-95345-00-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-29347DiVA, id: diva2:861203
Conference
The 3rd edition of Sustainable Places 2015, September 16-18, Savona, Italy
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PLEEC, RESILENTAvailable from: 2015-10-15 Created: 2015-10-15 Last updated: 2016-12-27Bibliographically approved
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1. From Passive to Active Electric Distribution Networks
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From Passive to Active Electric Distribution Networks
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Large penetration of distributed generation from variable renewable energy sources, increased consumption flexibility on the demand side and the electrification of transportation pose great challenges to existing and future electric distribution networks. This thesis studies the roles of several actors involved in electric distribution systems through electricity consumption data analysis and simulation models. Results show that real-time electricity pricing adoption in the residential sector offers economic benefits for end consumers. This occurs even without the adoption of demand-side management strategies, while real-time pricing also brings new opportunities for increasing consumption flexibility. This flexibility will play a critical role in the electrification of transportation, where scheduled charging will be required to allow large penetration of EVs without compromising the network's reliability and to minimize upgrades on the existing grid. All these issues add significant complexity to the existing infrastructure and conventional passive components are no longer sufficient to guarantee safe and reliable network operation. Active distribution networks are therefore required, and consequently robust and flexible modelling and simulation computational tools are needed for their optimal design and control. The modelling approach presented in this thesis offers a viable solution by using an equation-based object-oriented language that allows developing open source network component models that can be shared and used unambiguously across different simulation environments. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University Press, 2016
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 202
Keywords
Active distribution networks, smart grids, smart Meters, real-time pricing, demand-side management, electric vehicles, power systems
National Category
Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Research subject
Energy- and Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-31592 (URN)978-91-7485-271-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-06-17, Paros, Mälardalens högskola, Västerås, 09:15 (English)
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Available from: 2016-05-16 Created: 2016-05-15 Last updated: 2016-05-30Bibliographically approved

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