Electrical and Computer Engineering ETDs

Publication Date

Fall 11-15-2016


The electric grid at La Gomera, an island in the Canary archipelago, has been the subject of interest in optimized integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) primarily because of high distribution losses and concerns about complying with emission regulations. Consequently, the utility that operates the island power system wishes to mitigate the problem with installation of renewable and distributed energy sources like PV and battery, which is the focus of this research.

Specifically, the focus of this thesis is to use Distributed Energy Resource - Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM) to optimize the installation of PV and battery in terms of their sizing and placing. The dynamic electric system at the island is modeled with the information available from different sources and run in DER-CAM. The power flow results from DER-CAM are bench-marked with those provided from Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to ensure the modeling of system and running the power flow are reasonable, and then different cases of optimized placing and sizing of PV and battery installation are run. The results are studied on how the installations enhance performance of the microgrid in terms of costs and emissions and then presented to the utility company for the deployment of DERs.


optimization, microgrid, DER, modeling, integration, DG

Document Type




Degree Name

Electrical Engineering

Level of Degree


Department Name

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Committee Member (Chair)

Andrea Alberto Mammoli

Second Committee Member

Jane Lehr

Third Committee Member

Olga Lavrova