Benefits of Power Electronic Interfaces for Distributed Energy Systems

Benjamin Kroposki, Christopher Pink, Richard DeBlasio, Holly Thomas, Marcelo Simoes, P. K. Sen

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Optimization of overall electrical system performance is important for the long-term economic viability of distributed energy (DE) systems. With the increasing use of DE systems in industry and its technological advancement, it is becoming more important to understand the integration of these systems with the electric power systems. New markets and benefits for distributed energy applications include the ability to provide ancillary services, improve energy efficiency, enhance power system reliability, and allow customer choice. Advanced power electronic (PE) interfaces will allow DE systems to provide increased functionality through improved power quality and voltage/VAR support, increase electrical system compatibility by reducing the fault contributions, and flexibility in operations with various other DE sources, while reducing overall interconnection costs. This paper will examine the system integration and optimization issues associated with DE systems and show the benefits of using PE interfaces for such applications.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2006
Event2006 IEEE Power Engineering Society General Meeting, PES - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: 18 Jun 200622 Jun 2006


Conference2006 IEEE Power Engineering Society General Meeting, PES
CityMontreal, QC

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-560-39201


  • Distributed energy
  • Distributed generation
  • Fault current
  • Interconnection
  • Interface
  • Inverter
  • Microgrid
  • Power electronics
  • Power quality


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