Title

Developing Autonomous Microgrids: A Theoretical Case Study

Author

Daniel Wright

Date of Award

6-3-2015

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

Kathy Flanagan

Keywords

Microgrid, Renewable energy, Energy storage, Distributed generation, Energy infrastructure, Wind power, Solar power, Battery storage, Grid

Abstract

Microgrids are autonomously operated, geographically clustered electricity generation and distribution systems that supply power in closed system settings; they are highly compatible with renewable energy sources and distributed generation technologies. Mocrogrids are currently a serially underutilized and underappreciated commodity in the energy infrastructure portfolio worldwide. To demonstrate feasibility under poor conditions (little renewable energy potential and high demand) this capstone project develops a theoretical case study in which a renewable microgrid is employed to power rural communities of southern Montgomery County, Arkansas. Utilizing commercially manufactured 1.5-megawatt wind turbines and a 1-megawatt solar panel generation system, 4-megawatts of lithium ion battery storage, and demand response technology, a microgrid is designed that supplies 235 households with reliable electricity supply.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

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