Microgrid Controllers: Expanding Their Role and Evaluating Their Performance

Annabelle Pratt, Kumaraguru Prabakar, Murali Baggu, Arindam Maitra, Tanguy Hubert, Dean Wang, Rachna Handa, Mark McGranaghan

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Properly designed and grid-integrated microgrids can provide the flexibility, reliability, and resiliency needs of both the future grid and critical customers. These systems can be an integral part of future power system designs that optimize investments to achieve operational goals, improved reliability, and diversification of energy sources. The key components of a microgrid are the isolating device at the point of interconnection (POI ), the electric and thermal loads, the distributed energy resources (DERs), including solar photovoltaics (PVs), batteries, combined heat and power and load management systems; and the local microgrid controller.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number7947303
Pages (from-to)41-49
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Power and Energy Magazine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2017

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5D00-68069


  • generators
  • hardware
  • integrated circuit modeling
  • microgrids
  • real-time systems
  • testing


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