38 Emergency of Energy Hubs Microgrids can integrate a multitude of local

38 emergency of energy hubs microgrids can integrate

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Emergency of Energy Hubs Microgrids can integrate a multitude of local energy carriers (electricity, steam, natural gas, hot water, etc.) in an energy hub, which intertwines the generation, conversion, storage and consumption of diverse energy resources. When a strong coupling between the operation of different energy carrier systems exists, microgrid controllers can integrate and operate all these energy carriers in coordination. Synergies among various forms of energy are realized for optimizing the use of onsite resources and improving the social welfare. 39
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Networked Energy Hubs Networked microgrids are evolving toward a network of energy hubs that allows energy to flow more efficiently and more reliably across the underlying infrastructures. 40
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Conclusions The organic evolution of a smart grid is expected to come through the plug-and-play integration of certain basic structures (i.e., microgrids). A microgrid is an autonomous group of controllable plug-and-play micro- sources and energy storage devices that are optimally placed and operated for the welfare of the end user, utility and the public overall. Microgrids are normally connected to the main grid but are capable of isolating themselves in case of any disturbance in the main grid. Microgrids can potentially provide a large number of benefits by increasing its efficiency of operation and improving reliability and quality of service to the customer satisfaction. A large number of technical and regulatory issues need to be addressed carefully before the widespread implementation of microgrids, requiring a considerable amount of research and government intervention. 41
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42 Thanks Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour
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  • Spring '14
  • MohammadShahidehpour
  • Energy, Power, Electricity distribution, Distributed generation, Microgrids, main grid

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