Modern Microgrids: Flexible, Innovative, Adaptive, Affordable
The Siemens Princeton Microgrid is one of the first to combine renewable energy solutions with both building management and energy management solutions. The result is an innovative, resilient and cost-effective solution that serves as a live test bed for Siemens customers and partners. Learn how a phased approach results in an energy efficient grid.
An award-winning approach to microgrid resiliency
In the event of a natural disaster or cyber-attack, how can power system operators maintain operations of their microgrid and make it more resilient? Two Siemens Technology researchers had such an effective answer to that question that it led to a patent, and that patent won an award.
Siemens Technology Research Scientist Xiaofan Wu, project manager of the Princeton Island Grid, and Ulrich Muenz, principal key expert and research group head of Autonomous Systems & Control (both pictured, right), working with Joachim Bamberger of Siemens Smart Infrastructure, won a 2021 Research & Development Council of New Jersey Edison Patent Award for their approach to remote management of distributed energy systems. This approach—called the Communication-free Decentralized Control Framework for Unit Commitment in Microgrids—provides a solution to the requirements for microgrid sustainability and resilience by allowing operators to integrate distributed-energy resources such as wind, battery storage, solar, and other devices into the system while operating in a decentralized fashion. This can also ensure that the system operates in situations when there is no communication with or from the main control center.
“The microgrid market has been growing quickly and there hasn’t been an opportunity to test how each component of these systems work together until now. The beauty of our R&D work in Princeton is that we have the power investigate and validate highly innovative technologies in a real environment and the ability to try again so the result will be a clear blueprint for a more efficient and flexible microgrid system that can be replicated all over the world.”
- Xiaofan Wu, Project Manager, Princeton Island Grid, Siemens Corporate Technology
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