Design and Optimization of Resiliency Oriented-Microgrid with High Penetration of Renewable Energy Sources

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Design and Optimization of Resiliency Oriented-Microgrid with High Penetration of Renewable Energy Sources

Fall 2021-Energy

Project Overview

Most of the power outage during extreme weather events are due to the loss of major power lines delivering power to load area. For instance, here at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) Campus, a power outage has occurred on May, 21st 2019 due to heavy snow, downed trees, which has led to a campus open delay. Thus, addressing this issue by proposing technical solutions to overcome the campus power outage has emerged as a priority for communities like UCCS community as well as for the local utility. One viable solution to improve power system reliability and resilience, which is being adopted by many electric utilities and is currently under significant investigation, is to deploy microgrids. The main microgrid components include loads, renewable distributed generation, energy storage, electric vehicle stations, as well as communication, control and automation systems. Microgrids have been identified as a key building block for a Smart Grid and integration of clean renewable energy. To this end, this project focuses on designing and optimizing UCCS Campus as a microgrid with a high penetration of renewable distributed generation that can be operated in both islanded and grid-connected modes. The project aims at overcoming the power outage issue especially during severe weather conditions. One of the main objectives of this project is to investigate the economic and technical feasibility of designing UCCS campus as a resilient microgrid with high penetration of wind and solar PV energy sources