|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||Robert H Lasseter|
|Conference Name||2007 IEEE International Conference on System of Systems Engineering|
|Conference Location||San Antonio, TX, USA|
|Keywords||CERTS, MG-TB001, microgrid test bed, microgrids|
Application of individual distributed generators can cause as many problems as it may solve. A better way to realize the emerging potential of distributed generation is to take a system approach which views generation and associated loads as a subsystem or a "microgrid". The sources can operate in parallel to the grid or can operate in island, providing UPS services. The system will disconnect from the utility during large events (i.e. faults, voltage collapses), but may also intentionally disconnect when the quality of power from the grid falls below certain standards. Utilization of waste heat from the sources will increase total efficiency, making the project more financially attractive. Field verification of the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS) microgrid control concepts are included.