Electrical and Computer Engineering ETDs

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Utilities, faced with increasingly limited resources, strive to maintain high levels of reliability in energy delivery by adopting improved methodologies in planning, operation, construction and maintenance. On the other hand, driven by steady research and development and increase in sales volume, the cost of deploying PV systems has been in constant decline since their first introduction to the market. The increased level of penetration of distributed energy resources in power distribution infrastructure presents various benefits such as loss reduction, resilience against cascading failures and access to more diversified resources. However, serious challenges and risks must be addressed to ensure continuity and reliability of service. By integrating necessary communication and control infrastructure into the distribution system, to develop a practically coordinated system of distributed resources, controllable load/generation centers will be developed which provide substantial flexibility for the operation of the distribution system. On the other hand, such a complex distributed system is prone to instability and black outs due to lack of a major "infinite" supply and other unpredicted variations in load and generation, which must be addressed. To devise a comprehensive method for coordination between Distributed Energy Resources in order to achieve a collective goal, is the key point to provide a fully functional and reliable power distribution system incorporating distributed energy resources. A road map to develop such comprehensive coordination system is explained and supporting scenarios and their associated simulation results are then elaborated. The proposed road map describes necessary steps to build a comprehensive solution for coordination between multiple agents in a microgrid or distribution feeder.'


microgrid, smart grid, multi-agent, coordination, distributed energy resource, battery energy storage, cold-storage, PV, load management, demand-response, islanded

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Electrical Engineering

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Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Committee Member (Chair)

Mammoli, Andrea

Second Committee Member

Abdallah, Chauki

Third Committee Member

Ranade, Satish