Microgrids, Infrastructure Resilience, and Advanced Controls Launchpad (MIRACL): Use Cases and Definitions

James Reilly, Jake Gentle, Alice Orrell, Brian Naughton

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This document establishes a set of distributed wind use cases, potential case studies, reference systems and research goals associated with those cases, providing a means to articulate impact and relevance for ongoing MIRACL and wider distributed wind research efforts. In MIRACL and other distributed wind research, use cases will span the wide variety of distributed wind projects and be the basis of MIRACL discussions and targeted work packages. Distributed wind projects will be categorized into use cases with similar technical (interconnection, certification, integrating with other renewable energy systems, etc.), financial (cost structure, valuation), market (developer, owner), resilience (energy security, cyber security, fuel diversity, financial security) requirements, challenges, and benefits. The high-level use cases defined for distributed wind will encompass wind turbines in: 1. Isolated grids, 2. Grid-connected microgrids, 3. Behind-the-meter deployments, 4. Front-of-the-meter deployments.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-7A40-76918


  • distributed wind
  • infrastructure resilience
  • microgrids
  • use case
  • wind turbine controls


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