A DER based voltage control strategy for microgrids

Giovanni Massa, Vincenzo Galdi, Vito Calderaro, Antonio Piccolo, George Gross

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Recently, the ability of microgrids (μgs) to allow a deeper penetration of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in Distribution Networks (DNs) has facilitated their widely spread deployment. Because of the variability associated with the loads and the intrinsic intermittent and nature of renewable energy resources, the development and implementation of effective voltage control strategies is essential to reliably serve the loads, in particular when working islanded from the main grid. To face this problem, we propose a dispersed control approach capable to maintain voltage levels within the operational limits by means of DERs reactive and active power support. We implement an optimization framework to prove the robustness of the proposed control methodology. We illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed methodology with a set of representative studies from the testing of the simulation approach we performed, proving the absence of any opportunity cost involved by the control action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication19th Power Systems Computation Conference, PSCC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9788894105124
StatePublished - Aug 10 2016
Event19th Power Systems Computation Conference, PSCC 2016 - Genova, Italy
Duration: Jun 20 2016Jun 24 2016

Publication series

Name19th Power Systems Computation Conference, PSCC 2016


Other19th Power Systems Computation Conference, PSCC 2016


  • Distributed energy resources
  • microgrid
  • reactive power support
  • renewable energy sources
  • voltage control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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