Instrumentation for Assessing DC Electrical Distribution Systems in Buildings

Moazzam Nazir, Omkar Ghatpande, Willy Bernal Heredia, Dusan Brhlik

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Abstract

Direct current (DC) distribution systems is emerging as a favorable option over alternating current in buildings due to its energy and non-energy benefits (e.g., efficiency, resilience, safety). However, limited guidelines exist to evaluate the DC electrical distribution infrastructure. This paper aims to fill that gap by detailing our experience with metering a building-level electrical DC distribution system. Our case study is a DC microgrid at the Direct Energy Partners Research & Development facility located in Charlotte, North Carolina. This paper presents our approach, technical challenges, and lessons learned with DC metering and instrumentation.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Event2022 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference, I2MTC 2022 - Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 16 May 202219 May 2022

Conference

Conference2022 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference, I2MTC 2022
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityOttawa
Period16/05/2219/05/22

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 IEEE.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5500-81514

Keywords

  • Buildings
  • DC microgrids
  • energy efficiency
  • instrumentation

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