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dc.contributor.authorMajumder, R.
dc.contributor.authorGhosh, Arindam
dc.contributor.authorLedwich, G.
dc.contributor.editorJahangir Hossain
dc.contributor.editorMuhammad Marwali
dc.identifier.citationMajumder, R. and Ghosh, A. and Ledwich, G. 2011. Load Frequency Control in a Microgrid: Challenges and Improvements. In Smart Power Grids 2011, ed. Jahangir Hossain, Muhammad Marwali, 49-82. USA: Springer Singapore.

A microgrid can span over a large area, especially in rural townships. In such cases, the distributed generators (DGs) must be controlled in a decentralized fashion, based on the locally available measurements. The main concerns are control of system voltage magnitude and frequency, which can either lead to system instability or voltage collapse. In this chapter, the operational challenges of load frequency control in a microgrid are discussed and few methods are proposed to meet these challenges. In particular, issues of power sharing, power quality and system stability are addressed, when the system operates under decentralized control. The main focus of this chapter is to provide solutions to improve the system performance in different situations. The scenarios considered are (a) when the system stability margin is low, (b) when the line impedance has a high R to X ratio, (c) when the system contains unbalanced and/or distorted loads. Also a scheme is proposed in which a microgrid can be frequency isolated from a utility grid while being capable of bidirectional power transfer. In all these cases, the use of angle droop in converter interfaced DGs is adopted. It has been shown that this results in a more responsive control action compared to the traditional frequency based droop control.

dc.publisherSpringer Singapore
dc.titleLoad Frequency Control in a Microgrid: Challenges and Improvements
dc.typeBook Chapter
dcterms.source.titleSmart Power Grids 2011
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