A planning platform for droop-based isolated microgrids

Ameen H. Yazdavar, Abdelsalam Eajal, Ehab F. El-Saadany, M. M.A. Salama

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Isolated microgrids are operated based on droop characteristics in terms of frequency-active power and voltage-reactive power to evenly share active and reactive powers among their dispatchable DGs. Although active powers are accurately distributed among the different DGs, there is an inherent error in the sharing of reactive powers. This error is a function of the DGs' locations, and accordingly, should be addressed in the planning. This paper presents a planning platform to simultaneously site and size DGs and capacitor banks (CBs) for isolated microgrids that takes into account the operational characteristics at the planning stage. For this aim, a suitable power flow that considers the specific features of isolated microgrids is employed along with an additional constraint that is introduced to the planning. Loads' and DGs' intermittent behaviors are modelled through a probabilistic model. To validate the effectiveness of the proposed planning approach, the PG E 69-bus system has been used.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2020
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781728155081
StatePublished - 2 Aug 2020
Event2020 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2020 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 2 Aug 20206 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting
ISSN (Print)1944-9925
ISSN (Electronic)1944-9933


Conference2020 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2020


  • Droop characteristics
  • Isolated microgrids
  • Microgrid power flow
  • Planning
  • Probabilistic model


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