This paper describes the advantages of using nonsynchronous microgrids in networked systems containing densely concentrated loads. The nonsynchronous bus arrangement, in addition to allowing for the integration of substantially larger distributed generation, completely isolates transient disturbances from and to the network and the microgrid. Significant is the fact that distributed generators installed in the microgrid do not contribute to the short-circuit current that needs to be interrupted by the substation breakers. The behavior of the grid and the microgrid is investigated by comparing: the occurrence of faults, voltage reduction, and losses, in the presence and absence of the microgrid. The benefits of the dc microgrid are made evident with steady-state and transient studies performed on a real distribution network in New York City.
- distributed generation
- nonsynchronous interconnection
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering