Enhancing the contribution from distributed generation using smart grids

Wen T Shang, Miles A Redfern

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Abstract

Distributed generation offers the potential to deliver power close to the point of use and to maintain consumer's supplies during network disturbances which result in the loss of the grid connection. As always these opportunities create a series of challenges, for which Smart grids, their component systems and innovation offer solutions. The first challenge highlighted in this paper is to maintain or maximise the active power output of the distributed generation while observing the network's voltage constraints during normal operation. The second challenge is managing the transition from grid connected to islanded operation following a network disturbance. Although this is not permitted under current UK regulations, there are no fundamental reasons which can not be overcome. Finally, there is the challenge of rebuilding the network and restoring the grid connection, facilitating 'normal' operation following a disturbance. Identifying and understanding the challenges, together with a proper appreciation of the facilities offered by smart grids leads to new techniques which can aid the full exploitation distributed generation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 China International Conference on Electricity Distribution, CICED 2010
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherIEEE
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4577-0066-8
ISBN (Print)9781457700668
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event2010 China International Conference on Electricity Distribution, CICED 2010, September 13, 2010 - September 16, 2010 - Nanjing, China
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …

Publication series

Name2010 China International Conference on Electricity Distribution, CICED 2010
PublisherIEEE Computer Society

Conference

Conference2010 China International Conference on Electricity Distribution, CICED 2010, September 13, 2010 - September 16, 2010
CountryChina
CityNanjing
Period1/01/10 → …

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    Shang, W. T., & Redfern, M. A. (2010). Enhancing the contribution from distributed generation using smart grids. In 2010 China International Conference on Electricity Distribution, CICED 2010 [5736199] (2010 China International Conference on Electricity Distribution, CICED 2010). IEEE. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/5736199/