Micro-grids Control Competition (EECS-475/375)--

Micro-grids control competition in the EECS-475/375 courses
(Prof. Mario Garcia-Sanz)

Based on the theory discussed during the semester our students design new control strategies for a system with two interconnected micro-grids with multiple generators and a wind farm.

The system to be controlled is composed of two interconnected micro-grids. The first micro-grid ("a") includes a classical generator and a wind farm, and the second micro-grid ("b") two classical generators. The micro-grids are connected through a tie line. Working in teams our students have to design the control strategies to achieve the best performance on (1) frequency control of micro-grid "a", (2) frequency control of micro-grid "b", and (3) active power exchange between the two micro-grids following a pre-stablished schedule. A cost function J that measures the performance clasifies the results achieved in the competition for some extra credits. The design faces significant control problems, such as load-sharing, cascade control, feedback/feedforward control, plant model uncertainty, performance specification trade-offs, actuator constraints, nonlinear dynamics and the intermitent generation of the wind farm among others.


Mario Garcia-Sanz, Constantine H. Houpis, "Wind Energy Systems: Control Engineering Design". CRC Press, Taylor & Francis. Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4398-2179-4. Click here.

Mario Garcia-Sanz, "The QFT Control Toolbox (QFTCT) for Matlab".

E.F. Camacho, T. Samad, M. Garcia-Sanz and I. Hiskens. "Control for renewable energy and smart grids", Chapter in "The Impact of Control Technology", T. Samad, A.M. Annaswamy (eds.), IEEE - Control Systems Society, 2011. Click here.

Mario Garcia-Sanz. "Quantitative Feedback Theory". Chapter in Encyclopedia of Systems and Control. Editors: John Baillieul, Tariq Samad. Article ID: 366609, Chapter ID: 238. Springer Verlag, 2015.


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