Project Description

Enable networked microgrids, and their component distributed energy resources (DER), to operate distributedly using collaborative autonomy concepts implemented in an OpenFMB architecture. The layered control architecture will support normal grid-connected operations, the bulk electric system during abnormal conditions, and bulk system restoration with self-assembling elements. In these roles, microgrids act as the last line of defense to safe-guard the bulk system, support critical end-use loads, and serve as hardened points from which the bulk system can be restored after an extreme event.

Value Proposition

  • Engage the increasing number of microgrids being deployed at federal, and non-federal, facilities to support critical end-use loads, and the BES during normal and abnormal conditions.
  • Leverage distributed controls to eliminate the single points of failure common in existing microgrid coordination schemes.
  • Leverage CleanStart DERMS, Duke RDS, and the DOE microgrid program technologies to enable NMGs to distributedly self-assemble and adapt to changing system conditions.
  • The increased utilization of distributed assets, edge computing, and NMGs will improve the resiliency of critical end-use loads and the BES.

Project Objectives

  • Implement peer-to-peer control between NMGs using OpenFMB, leveraging Duke RDS project.
  • Apply collaborative autonomy to coordinate the operation of NMGs, leveraging CleanStart DERMS algorithms and simulation techniques.
  • Utilize the framework to develop concept of operations (CONOPS) for leveraging NMGs, with partner validation.
  • Make NMGs the Citadels for high-reliability end-use loads, an asset for abnormal operations, and the core for restoration from extreme events.