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DC Distribution Systems and Microgrids

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Editors: Tomislav Dragicevic 1 ; Pat Wheeler 1 ; Frede Blaabjerg 2
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Publication Year: 2018

DC electric power distribution systems have higher efficiency, better current carrying capacity and faster response when compared to conventional AC systems. They also provide a more natural interface with many types of renewable energy sources. Furthermore, there are fewer issues with reactive power flow, power quality and frequency regulation, resulting in a notably less complex control system. All these facts lead to increased applications of DC systems in modern power systems. Still, design and operation of these systems imposes a number of specific challenges, mostly related to lack of mature protection technology and operational experience, as well as very early development stage of standards regarding DC based power infrastructure. This book provides an up-to-date overview of recent research activities in the control, protection and architectural design of a number of different types of DC distribution systems and microgrids. Practical requirements and implementation details of several types of DC distribution systems used in the real world industrial applications are also presented. Several types of coordinated control design concepts are shown, with concepts of stabilization being explained in detail. The book reviews the shortcomings and future developments concerning the practical DC system integration issues.

Inspec keywords: photovoltaic power systems; computer centres; aircraft power systems; electric vehicles; marine power systems; power distribution control; distributed power generation

Other keywords: DC distribution systems; redundancy; aircraft; residential buildings; converters; power architectures; data centers; DC microgrid architectures; control circuits; microgrids; photovoltaic powered systems; shipboard systems; electrical vehicles

Subjects: General electrical engineering topics; Aerospace and avionic power supplies; Distribution networks; Solar power stations and photovoltaic power systems; Power system control; Distributed power generation

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