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Resilient Distribution System Microgrids

Key project details

Principal investigator Bala Venkatesh, professor and academic director, Centre for Urban Energy, Toronto Metropolitan University

Co-principal investigators

Mohammadreza Arani, assistant professor, Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, Toronto Metropolitan University; Atafeh Mashatan, associate professor, Information Technology Management, Toronto Metropolitan University; Jennifer McArthur, associate professor, Architectural Science, Toronto Metropolitan University

Research collaborators

Lukas Swan, professor, Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University; Pragasen Pillay, professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University
Non-academic collaborators Hydro One Networks Inc.
Research Keywords Distribution feeders, distributed energy resources, renewable energy, microgrid control, grid-connected microgrid, off-grid communities, islanding operation, microgrid reliability, microgrid resilience, microgrid operation, microgrid components, community decarbonization
Budget Cash: $200,000 In-Kind: $48,000

Research focus

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Enhancing energy reliability and resilience in rural and remote communities

This project seeks to transform the way microgrids are perceived and utilized, particularly in rural and remote areas. The aim is to shift from custom-designed, application-specific microgrids to a more standardized, utility-grade solution that can be more easily and cost-effectively deployed. This transition not only aims to improve the reliability and resilience of energy supply in these communities but also seeks to make microgrid technology a mainstream solution for utility providers.

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Standardization of microgrid design and equipment

A key goal of the project is to overcome the challenges associated with the lack of standardization in microgrid design and equipment. By developing comprehensive reference designs for microgrids that utilize commercially available equipment, the project intends to facilitate the design, development, and deployment of microgrids for utility purposes and their customers.

Technical and socioeconomic solutions for decarbonization

The project will focus on the development of a "microgrid-in-a-box" solution using existing commercial equipment. This solution aims to integrate various types of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and incorporate protection and control measures, ensuring that microgrids can operate as complete, self-sufficient systems. Performance targets include improving energy supply reliability, reducing carbon emissions by displacing diesel generation, and assessing the economic viability of the proposed solution compared to conventional microgrids.

Non-academic partners

Thank you to our non-academic partners for your support and trust.

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