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Sandia’s microgrid research and development addresses real-time controls, operational optimization, power electronics, protection standards, and community resilience methods and tools.
A microgrid is a small-scale version of an interconnected electric grid. Microgrids can locally mange the operation of distributed energy resources, such a photovoltaics (PV), wind, electric vehicles, energy-storage, demand response, and thermal energy systems while connected to larger host grid or as an independent power system. Microgrids can be designed to support resilience objectives by maintaining continuity of energy supply when primary sources are affected by natural or manmade disruptions. While the microgrid concept is gaining popularity, many of the cutting-edge hardware, software, and control systems necessary to implement microgrids have yet to be developed, optimized, and validated in real-world situations. Sandia’s Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration, Energy Storage, and Defense Energy programs are developing technologies and applying microgrid solutions nationwide to supply communities with more resilient power.
View the 2022 Microgrid Conceptual Design Guidebook. Using the framework described in this guidebook, stakeholders can come together and start to quantify site-specific vulnerabilities, identify the most significant risks to delivery of electricity, and establish electric outage tolerances across the community.
Reconfigurable DC and AC microgrids with advanced informatics, cyber security, and nonlinear power control architectures.
Offers unique research capabilities related to distributed energy grid integration technologies, including performance assessment, grid compatibility, communications interoperability and safety evaluations of component and systems.