Decentralized power flow control for a smart micro-grid

Jalpa Shah, Bruce F Wollenberg, Ned Mohan

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The paper proposes an enhanced power management achieved for a smart micro-grid, by a power electronic transformer (PET), at the point of common coupling (PCC). The smart micro-grid is a set of controllable loads and distributed energy resources (DER), which supply demand of a group of customers. The proposed decentralized control strategy for the micro-grid components, utilizes the change in local grid frequency to control the active power generation and consumption within the micro-grid. The PET allows restricted active power flow to the micro-grid, at the PCC, at a desired value determined by the utilities. The simulation results are obtained to verify the operation and claims of the PET as stated below: 1) For a step disturbance within the micro-grid, the utility grid frequency is not affected. 2) For a sudden reduction in grid power, the micro-grid DERs regulate their generation, utilizing the resulting drop in the local grid frequency as a signal. 3) With a resulting reduction in total power supply to the micro-grid loads, the controllable loads within the micro-grid are able to regulate their consumption and return back to normal operation once the local grid frequency stabilizes. 4) Smooth transition from islanded mode to grid connected mode can be achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 IEEE PES General Meeting
Subtitle of host publicationThe Electrification of Transportation and the Grid of the Future
StatePublished - 2011
Event2011 IEEE PES General Meeting: The Electrification of Transportation and the Grid of the Future - Detroit, MI, United States
Duration: Jul 24 2011Jul 28 2011

Publication series

NameIEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting
ISSN (Print)1944-9925
ISSN (Electronic)1944-9933


Other2011 IEEE PES General Meeting: The Electrification of Transportation and the Grid of the Future
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDetroit, MI


  • Distributed energy resources
  • Matrix converter
  • Power Electronic Transformer
  • Smart micro-grid


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