Integration of alternative energy sources into digital micro-grids

Roberto Rojas-Cessa, Haim Grebel, Zhengqi Jiang, Camila Fukuda, Henrique Pita, Tazima S. Chowdhury, Ziqian Dong, Yu Wan

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Abstract

We overview different alternative energy resources and comment on their benefits and challenges. We highlight some features of alternative and sustainable energy resources and discuss some challenges for their integration into the power grid. In view of global trend toward blending alternatives and conventional energy resources in electrical power grids, a more robust energy distribution approach is necessary. Here, we present an alternative to the power grid with great potential for integrating alternative energy sources and defining microgrids—the Controlled-Delivery Grid (CDG). We comment how this new digital approach enhances the distribution of energy may help to resolve those challenges. We also examine the role of energy storage elements (batteries, super-capacitors), and sustainable energy resources in this new approach to the power grid. We provide some numerical analysis on the performance of energy distribution of the CDG and some experimental results that highlight some of its features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-164
Number of pages10
JournalEnvironmental Progress and Sustainable Energy
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Waste Management and Disposal

Keywords

  • efficiency
  • energy
  • photovoltaics
  • power generation
  • solar energy
  • wind energy

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