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Evolution of Microgrids with Converter-Interfaced Generations: Challenges and Opportunities

Version 1 : Received: 11 August 2018 / Approved: 15 October 2018 / Online: 15 October 2018 (04:42:23 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 14 February 2019 / Approved: 14 February 2019 / Online: 14 February 2019 (04:03:12 CET)

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Hossain, M.A.; Pota, H.R.; Hossain, M.J.; Blaabjerg, F. Evolution of microgrids with converter-interfaced generations: Challenges and opportunities. International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems 2019, 109, 160-186. Hossain, M.A.; Pota, H.R.; Hossain, M.J.; Blaabjerg, F. Evolution of microgrids with converter-interfaced generations: Challenges and opportunities. International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems 2019, 109, 160-186.

Journal reference: International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems 2019, 109, 160-186
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijepes.2019.01.038

Abstract

Although microgrids facilitate the increased penetration of distributed generations (DGs) and improve the security of power supplies, they have some issues that need to be better understood and addressed before realising the full potential of microgrids. This paper presents a comprehensive list of challenges and opportunities supported by a literature review on the evolution of converter-based microgrids. The discussion in this paper presented with a view to establishing microgrids as distinct from the existing distribution systems. This is accomplished by, firstly, describing the challenges and benefits of using DG units in a distribution network and then those of microgrid ones. Also, the definitions, classifications and characteristics of microgrids are revised according to their specific roles to provide a sound basis for novice researchers to undertake ongoing research on microgrids.

Subject Areas

converter-based microgrids; distribution networks; renewable energy sources; definitions of microgrids; distributed generation units

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