Conference paper

Handling Large Power Steps in Real-Time Microgrid Control via Explicit Power Setpoints

We consider a microgrid with real-time control using explicit power-setpoints. Sudden power-steps, such as load disconnections or load in-rushes, directly affect the decisions of the microgrid controller that aims at avoiding voltage or line-ampacity violations. When trying to completely avoid these violations, the grid operation may be too restricted, which may lead to large suboptimality. However, temporary violations of the steady-state bounds are allowed by grid standards and could enable the exploitation of the flexibility of other resources to better control the system’s state. In this paper, we propose a method by which such temporary violations are controlled so that they remain within the limits imposed by grid standards and safe operation. The method is experimentally tested and validated on a real microgrid.

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