Power electronics for smart distribution grids

D.I. Brandão, R. Carnieletto, P.H. Nguyen, P.F. Ribeiro, M.G. Simões, S. Suryanarayanan

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The operation of future electricity grids will have a multi-disciplinary nature via the merging of energy and communication infrastructures, and the interaction of state-of-the-art technologies such as power electronics, computational intelligence, signal processing, or smart metering. This interoperability presents challenges to optimize system performance by improving synergy between actors, i.e., producers, consumers, and network operators. This chapter tackles a part of these challenges by focusing on the role of power electronics in smart grids. First, background information of emerging distribution systems, evolutionary changes, and enabling technologies is presented. Furthermore, a requirement of electronic-based interface systems with smart topologies and controls is explained. Finally, applications of smart interface systems are expounded via three examples: (1) smart inverters, (2) smart power router, and (3) virtual synchronous generator.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPower Electronics for Renewable and Distributed Energy Systems : a sourcebook of topologies control and integration
EditorsS. Chakraborty, M.G. Simoes, W.E. Kramer
Number of pages609
ISBN (Print)978-1-4471-5103-6
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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