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Controlling and Monitoring Microgrids

Microgrid topologies offer several advantages over large traditional grids including increased resiliency and easier integration of distributed renewables. However, some challenges such as maintaining scalability and interoperability between diffferent vendors and connectivity protocol standards are challenges that have to be overcome in order to reap the benefits of such a system.

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  • National Instruments
    NI provides powerful, flexible technology solutions that accelerate productivity and drive rapid innovation. From daily tasks to grand challenges, NI helps engineers and scientists overcome complexity to exceed even their own expectations. Customers in nearly every industry—from healthcare and automotive to consumer electronics and particle physics—use NI’s integrated hardware and software platform to improve our world.
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  • Customers are likely to be vendors from the energy sector, especially those who specialize in renewable and microgrid technology.
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • SOLUTION
  • A microgrid testbed is being developed that focuses on open technology that can help monitor and control a microgrid at the edge. Some of the solutions being tested include a programmable switch/recloser for protection scheme, Preventive Maintenance Research and open, flexible, field-deployable equipment for monitoring, algorithm design, and communication to a head-end system.
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  • Emerging (technology has been on the market for > 2 years)
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  • Microgrid
    A microgrid is a localized group of electricity sources and loads that normally operates connected to and synchronous with the traditional wide area synchronous grid, but can also disconnect to "island mode"  and function autonomously as physical or economic conditions dictate.In this way, a microgrid can effectively integrate various sources of distributed generation (DG), especially Renewable Energy Sources (RES) - renewable electricity, and can supply emergency power, changing between the island and connected modes.Microgrids are typically supported by generators or renewable wind and solar energy resources and are often used to provide backup power or supplement the main power grid during periods of heavy demand. A microgrid strategy that integrates local wind or solar resources can provide redundancy for essential services and make the main grid less susceptible to localized disaster. 
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