Economic Energy Management for Renewable Microgrids

Julio Elias Normey Rico, José Gabriel García Clúa1, Marcelo Menezes Morato2, Gustavo Artur De Andrade3, Paulo Renato Da Costa Mendes3

  • 1Instituto LEICI (Facultad de Ingeniería, UNLP)
  • 2Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • 3Federal University of Santa Catarina



Invited Session


08:00 - 12:30 | Tue 23 Apr | Forte | TuAM1

Workshop on Economic Energy Management for Renewable Microgrids 

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In this pre-symposium workshop, the problem of economic energy management and dis- patch will be studied. As a start, a concise contextualization about the energy transition paradigm will be discussed, specially focused on discussing possible leads and ideas of how recent works have dealt with the inclusion (and transition to) more renewable networks, in order to gradually replace the dependency on fossil fuels. Thus, the first stage of this workshop is to introduce the Energy Hubs modelling tech- nique, used to derive discrete high-fidelity control-oriented models for generalized hybrid power plants. As a results, the issue of Energy Management System (EMS) is brought to focus, as Model Predictive Control (MPC) techniques for economic governance, load management and operational handling of these microgrids will be detailed. To enhance the capability of these EMS schemes, the use of prediction and feedforward compensa- tion of renewable curves (solar irradiance, wind etc), energy sale tariffs and demand will be discussed: some easy-to-implement time-series estimation techniques will briefly be presented, considering availability of historical data. All presented methodologies will be applied and tested, step by step, to a microgrid example to be build together with the audience. Diverse application results will be pre- sented in order to illustrate how the discussed techniques are successful. These application include the control and management of: i) solar heating collector fields; ii) energy plants based on sugarcane processing plants; iii) Plug-in vehicle plants and others. Finally, this workshop will conclude with a discussion of open research threads on the topic.

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