Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

David Wengzhong Gao, Ph.D.


Centralized generation, Distributed generation, Solar power


Centralized generation is when electric power is produced in a large scale of tens of MWs and is located away from the end user. This kind of production is connected to a series of high-voltage transmission lines. Electricity is then delivered to the end user through a network of distribution grids. Centralized generation tend to have multiple end user with multiple user profiles.

Distributed Generation is when is produced in a small scale and is located at the site of or very close to the end user. There are many ways distributed generation can be achieved, Solar power being the most prominent. Distributed generation is generally assigned to a single end user and a single user type. Examples of distributed generation are solar, small generators and any form of generation with power ratings from KWs to a few MWs.

Centralized generation and distributed generation have many differences between each other. Distributed generation helps in cutting down the line losses that come with having long distribution lines and with having end users located far away from the point of generation. Distributed generation also has many setbacks, includes requiring converters which would help in matching the needed voltage.

This thesis will draw an analysis between distributed and centralized generation. Comparing different types and studying advantages and disadvantages of both. DC-DC converters are studied for the application in distributed generation. Matlab and simulink models of solar application are built and studied with the use of a model DC-DC converter with a mutual conductor. Practical aspects of solar power installation are also studied.

Publication Statement

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Rights Holder

Shravan Tomar


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

104 p.


Electrical engineering