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3DMicroGrid Newsletter

November 2017 - 2nd Deliver
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Project's Brief Overview:

3DMicroGrid is on the design, development and demonstration of a future-proof active smart micro-grid system to integrate and optimize multiple small to medium sized energy sources and loads. The overarching objective is to capitalize on the availability of local and large renewable energy resources and adapting them for solutions to sustainability in terms of electric power demand and supply. A demo smart micro-grid system will be built integrating all energy components, in an effort to (i) maximize renewable energy utilization, (ii) reduce the carbon footprint by minimizing consumption, (iii) improve the power quality while ensuring economic feasibility, and (iv) replicate similar setups to institutions and commercial and rural sites. 3DMicroGrid undertakes a detailed campus assessment of existing energy scenarios, including: energy consumption; diesel consumption and generation efficiency; loads and their classification; consumption patterns such as human presence and behavior; power quality with respect to grid power, switching between various distributed power sources, and techno-commercial assessment.
 

3DMicroGrid will also assess other studies related to the establishment and justification of a smart micro-grid while utilizing various equipment, sensors, meters, hardware, and software for measuring, monitoring and analyzing the required data to undertake the study. Different power saving strategies will be envisaged, including load/demand forecasting; renewable energy generation forecasting, integration with weather sensors; utility grid’s power outage pattern identification; prioritizing loads and exercising the option of demand response; identifying the appropriate distributed generator to turn-on; and exercising the option of storage technology utilization of appropriate size. It is expected that the 3DMicroGrid will provide distinct benefits like energy savings, frequency support, and demand side management.

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Seville's Workshop: Design of Smart Microgrids.

From the 8th to the 10th of November, the University of Seville held the project's workshop about design of smart microgrids. Along the first day, assistants attended to high-level lectures concerning the workshop main topics and real real cases' experience. You may find all the lectures files at the web's downloads' repository.

Following the event's agenda, the project's work packages evolution was addressed as part of the project's management, and technical discussions about microgrid's took place, making emphasis on their performance, modelling and later control.  You can find all the information at the project's website Downloads' tab.

Furthemore, the host university made a demostration of their scale microgrid, in which a full 24h scenario with high renewable energy penetration was simulated within a 15 min scope, being able to replicate the behaviour of a real full-scale microgrid in stress situations, and therefore adapt the design and control phase to the future needs of the grid.



Assitants had the chance to attend to an extra activity, in which the Thermotechnic Research Group head shown them the university's building low-tempertaure thermal plant. This plant grants the students and professors with heat and cooling, having the chance as well of producing electrical energy, hence being an active element within the scope of a microgrid.

Finally, the future meetings and events were considered, focusing on the project's-related papers, publications and sessions' repercussion.

Thessaloniki Industrial
& Managing Boards' Meeting:

 

During the month of May the 3DMicrogrid's industrial & managing boards' meeting was held in CERTH facilities Thessaloniki, Greece.

This event had a remarkable impact, being the assistants interviewed and having an official press release about the project as well as this meeting.



 

3DMicrogrid's Crew Mobility:


Along the past months several exchanges between the project's participants took place, increasing and strenghening bounds inside the project's scope and easining knowledge and research share.

Some examples of these exchanges and visits are UoS' Francisco de Paula García stay at MCAST and seminars offered by Prof. Ahmet Önen from Abdullah Gul University at UoS.

Another example is the case of Mohamad Al Hashem (GJU), who has been at University of Cyprus during the period from 22nd of October to the 3rd of November. He was working on the simulation model of GJU pilot. He has been given an access to the research center of Cyprus University and provided also with an access to the computer server in  order to work on the needed software for the simulation. By the end of his visit, a complete model was built for the potential GJU micro-grid which consists of utility grid, one main station, six substations and six blocks as shown in figure 1. Each one of the blocks mostly consists of demand power, diesel generators and a PV system. 

Upcoming Events:

A special session is organized in the IEEE International Energy Conference (ENERGYCON 2018) by the consortium of the 3DMicroGrid. The organization of the special session is led by Abdelkader Chaker, Mounir Khiat, Leila Ghomri and is focusing on the modeling, design, and control of micro-grids. The special session aims to highlight the followings aspects: practical challenges that prevent the wide spreading of micro-grid, smart management techniques under autonomous-interconnected mode, techno-economic optimization of micro-grids operation, increased utilization of renewables and storage. The IEEE ENERGYCON 2018 will be held in Limassol, Cyprus between 3-7 June 2018. More information can be found here.

3rd International Hybrid Power Systems Workshop is held by Energynautics from 8th to 9th May 2018 on Tenerife:

 

Besides of its engagement in 3DMicroGrid, Energynautics supports the enhancement of micro-grids by hosting the 3rd International Hybrid Power Systems Workshop on Tenerife from 8th to 9th May 2018. This workshop is organized in cooperation with UVIG (Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group).
The main objective of the 3rd International Hybrid Power Systems Workshop is to discuss the challenges that arise in isolated and islanded power systems and micro-grids and how they can be efficiently met by deploying a combination of wind, solar, battery and diesel technologies. Finding viable combinations of conventional and renewable energy is one key solution for the efficient and sustainable running of these types of power systems.
The workshop is a unique forum for system planners and designers, operators of small systems, project developers and consultants, universities and research institutes, regulators, NGOs and technology vendors to gain exposure to the latest thinking on the design and operation of hybrid power systems. It will look at applications in a variety of locations and operating environments, with a focus on system design, operating experience, business models, economics and implementation issues.

Registration:
Online registration will open January/February 2018 here: http://hybridpowersystems.org/registration/

Abstract Submission:
To submit a paper, upload an abstract of maximum 3,000 characters (free style) until 15th January 2018 to our Online Submission Platform.

For details visit our website: www.hybridpowersystems.org

Sponsoring:
If you would like to be a sponsor for the Hybrid Power Systems Workshop please contact:
Thomas Ackermann, Ph.D.
CEO Energynautics
Robert-Bosch-Strasse 7
64293 Darmstadt, Germany
Email:  info@hybridpowersystems.org
 

 

3DMicrogrid Related Papers:

Along the past months several 3DMicrogrid-related publications have been presented worldwide at different congresses and meetings. These papers enhace the project's repercussion and dissemination, meaning a benefit for all participants.

The 3DMicroGrid project participated in the 9th International IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference, that took place on 8-10 November 2017, in Bangalore, India (http://ieee-appeec2017.org). As representative, Angelina Bintoudi from CERTH/ITI, presented orally the project’s conceptual hierarchical agent-based control design for AC microgrids, in the context of a paper titled “Novel Hybrid Design For Microgrid Control”. The main functionalities and benefits that are expected to derive from the 3DMicroGrid architecture were detailed and later on discussed with the audience. During Q&A, the control architecture received constructive feedback and positive comments from academia and research community, notably about its inherit increased reliability as it derives from its ability to reconfigure in case of central controller failure.

For more information, visit the conference site (http://ieee-appeec2017.org/) or contact the main author Angelina Bintoudi (bintoudi@iti.gr).

Another example of these pu and the poster and papers presented by the MCAST crew the 13th of November at PVSEC-27 in Otsu, Japan.


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3DMicroGrid Newsletter

April 2017 - 1st Deliver
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Project's Launch:

Overview:

3DMicroGrid is on the design, development and demonstration of a future-proof active smart micro-grid system to integrate and optimize multiple small to medium sized energy sources and loads. The overarching objective is to capitalize on the availability of local and large renewable energy resources and adapting them for solutions to sustainability in terms of electric power demand and supply. A demo smart micro-grid system will be built integrating all energy components, in an effort to (i) maximize renewable energy utilization, (ii) reduce the carbon footprint by minimizing consumption, (iii) improve the power quality while ensuring economic feasibility, and (iv) replicate similar setups to institutions and commercial and rural sites. 3DMicroGrid undertakes a detailed campus assessment of existing energy scenarios, including: energy consumption; diesel consumption and generation efficiency; loads and their classification; consumption patterns such as human presence and behavior; power quality with respect to grid power, switching between various distributed power sources, and techno-commercial assessment.

3DMicroGrid will also assess other studies related to the establishment and justification of a smart micro-grid while utilizing various equipment, sensors, meters, hardware, and software for measuring, monitoring and analyzing the required data to undertake the study. Different power saving strategies will be envisaged, including load/demand forecasting; renewable energy generation forecasting, integration with weather sensors; utility grid’s power outage pattern identification; prioritizing loads and exercising the option of demand response; identifying the appropriate distributed generator to turn-on; and exercising the option of storage technology utilization of appropriate size. It is expected that the 3DMicroGrid will provide distinct benefits like energy savings, frequency support, and demand side management.


Objetives & Activities:

The wider objective of 3DMicroGrid is to setup an accurate dynamic model of the MCAST Micro-Grid that will be designed based on the structure of all the individual components among its local controllers using software platform (Digsilent). Innovative methods will be used for enhancing the accuracy of these models by incorporating parameters estimation method in combination with the measurements from the real field. The proposed techniques will be generalized in order to be applicable in any micro-grid scale and any micro-grid components.

The scientific and technical objectives sought in this proposal are, primarily, to:

  • Establish decentralized control paradigms, such as voltage control, and demand response based on available power sources and dynamic loads (energy users),
  • Develop an open source Smart Micro-Grid framework,
  • Design-in modularity for scalability of Smart Micro-Grid functions, and
  • Develop robust autonomous agents for the Smart-Grid paradigm

3DMicroGrid has a structured workplan addressing management, dissemination, development, exploitation, and sustainability. 3DMicroGrid activities and outcomes will not be limited to participating institutions, but rather disseminated to institutions and communities at large. MicroGrid applications and services will be extended to include professionals, engineers, and staff members of institutions. Disseminating knowledge and experiences will create new prospective professionals and entrepreneurs. It will also allow for more multicultural diversity among the Mediterranean institutions.

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Jordania's Kick Off Meeting:
 



The 3DMicroGrid project held its first meeting along the first week of November in Madaba, Jordania, developing through those days several introductory activities:

Each participant was able to introduce itself to the rest of the members and show an overview of the Work Packages they lead and the project as a whole. Furthemore, networking and open discussions sessions were celebrated, as well as in-field visits to the grid.

The several stages, deliverables and milestones' breakdown was shown and agreed, setting the bases to start the project.

ERANETMED Multi-Task Event:


During the month of November as well the ERANETMED Multi-Task Event was celebrated in Malaga, Spain, occassion in which global project's aspect were discussed.

Besides of the different funded projects and their penetration, evolution and highlights, further potential cluster and matchmaking possibilities between initiatives were considered, in order to address common objetives jointly.

Furthemore, several round tables took place, in which the present and incoming scientific challenges and business oportunities, concerning energy and resources management, were exposed and discussed.

The meeting was concluded after the Key Note Lectures on research-driven innovation, outlined by internationally renowned professionals.

 

Official Poster & Brochure Release:

As part of the dissemination activities and events, the official project poster and brochure have been released. They offer a fast yet complete scope of the 3DMicroGrid basis and expected outcomes.
 


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