Realizing a smart microgrid Pioneer Canadian experience

Mohamed Zakaria Kamh, Reza Iravani, Tarek H.M. El-Fouly

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This paper outlines the main accomplishments towards realizing a Smart Microgrid Testbed at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Burnaby, BC, Canada. The paper describes a methodology to optimally select, site, size, control, and integrate distributed generation and storage units with the existing Campus power system. The proposed approach enables optimal operation of the Campus power system in both grid-tied and autonomous modes of operation. Two control strategies are selected, implemented, and tested to permit the safe and efficient integration and operation of the on-site DER units into the Campus power system during the grid-tied and islanded modes of operation. Moreover, a smart and accurate fault detection, isolation, and service restoration (FDISR) algorithm is proposed and implemented, based on a bidirectional communication infrastructure, to support the Campus power system operation in the presence and absence of the utility bus. Finally, the results of one the conducted case studies are reported and analyzed to evaluate the impacts of the proposed power management and control strategies on the performance of the BCIT Microgrid as well as the interaction between different on-site DER units and the utility.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publication2012 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PES 2012
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PES 2012 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 22 Jul 201226 Jul 2012

Publication series

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


Conference2012 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PES 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Distributed Energy Resources
  • Dual-Mode Control
  • Microgrid
  • Smart grid


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