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Martijn Schoot Uiterkamp

Description of research
Controlling distribution grids with large scale and distributed infeed of renewable resources and distributed storage becomes difficult or even impossible with centralized approaches. An interesting alternative is to ‘invert’ the control system and start the control at local level. This leads to the concept of micro-grids, which have been proposed as a solution to the grand challenge of integrating large amounts of micro-generation (primarily from renewables) in the distribution grid. In this project micro-grids are considered as small subparts of a distribution grid (e.g. an LV feeder in a neighborhood behind a MV/LV transformer). In this view a micro-grid is still connected to the main grid and does not have to be autonomous all the time, but the goal is to balance the energy streams within a micro-grid and to keep the energy as locally as possible.

In this project we plan to develop optimisation algorithms for micro-grids based on profiles (energy demand/supply patterns over time), thereby using all forms of energy (electricity, gas, heat, ..). Profiles of local assets (e.g. CHPs, storages, controllable appliances, or converters) are steered taking into account the objectives, (comfort) constraints and restrictions of the micro-grid with the goal to achieve a resulting overall energy profile of the micro-grid that is ‘friendly’ for the main utility grid.

Prof.dr.ir. G.J.M. Smit
Prof.dr. J.L. Hurink
Dr.ir. M.E.T. Gerards

October 2016 – October 2020

System Integration of Microgrids through Profile Steering (SIMPS)

Funding institution
NWO, Eneco, Dr Ten, Ecovat

CTIT Research Centre