Engineering Microgrids with Control Co-Design

Workshop Dates: October 5th & October 9th, 2020 (both from 1:00-5:00pm EDT)

The rapid deployment of distributed energy resources and microgrids is transforming the electricity infrastructure, offering an opportunity to rethink conventional grid design and controls to promote additional capabilities. This workshop will focus on the innovation of microgrid design and control to improve or enable: reliability, resiliency, self-healing, black-start capability, prosumer capabilities, macrogrid support, plug and play functions, networks of microgrids, multi-objective systems, standardization, low-inertia/inverter-based systems, and more. ARPA-E is exploring multiple areas of interest for this program, including:

•       New methodologies to design microgrids: from sequential approaches to control co-design (CCD) methodologies
•       New computer tools to design microgrids, incorporating dynamic interaction of components with a CCD methodology
•       Proof-of-concept systems (HIL, SIL, etc.)
•       Scaled hardware demonstrations
•       A pathway to impact on the macrogrid

Potential workshop presentations will cover the current state of the art in microgrids; the unique considerations for commercial, non-commercial and utility installations; existing microgrid design tools; challenges and control solutions for inverter-based tools; droop control and new control perspectives; metrics and key performance parameters; communication and standardization challenges; and networks and macrogrid interactions. The prospective workshop will include brainstorming sessions to analyze the constraints of current microgrid design methodologies and software and to identify control challenges, solutions and metrics for the microgrid space. This potential workshop will also consider the effects of market drivers, such as policy, regulations, cost factors, opportunities and challenges on microgrid development.


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