May 21, 2019 12:50 PM–1:40 PM
Room N100 ("old" S&E Building)


Networked Microgrid Power Systems: Advantages, Challenges, and Opportunities

Weisong Tian, PhD

The microgrid is receiving increasing attention from both academia and industry in these
years. A microgrid is defined as “a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy
resources within clearly defined electrical boundaries that acts as a single controllable
entity with respect to the grid”. The microgrids are smaller compared to the existing nationwide
utility grid, so, the local power generation and consumption can be easier to estimate
and better allocated to reduce energy waste. In addition, microgrids can operate in both
grid-connected and stand-alone mode, which means the local power failure will not trigger
great blackout.

Although microgrids have such desired advantages, as a new technology, it has certain
challenges that need to be solved. In this talk, two major challenges: 1) the power demand
prediction on the user’s end and 2) the enhanced control performance of the thermal power
plants will be discussed. The corresponding possible solutions will also be discussed based
on my preliminary research results.