MIRED-CON (Microgeneración-MInigeneración REnovable / Microgeneration-Minigeneration with Renewal Sources) is a project leaded by the ZiV group (Grid, Metering y Comunication) and three research centers (Universidad de Zaragoza, Centro de Desarrollo de Energías Renovables or CEDER-CIEMAT and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid). This project aims to develop, using the powergrid installed in the CEDER, an advanced metering and control infraestructure and make the current powergrid into a smartgrid. Once deployed, this new smartgrid aims to become a reference of what powergrid can become in the near future. The CEDER facilities include wind/solar power generators, micro-turbine, flywheels, and other state-of-the-art elements. The control algorithms are being devised by the UCM while the control electronic is built by Universidad de Zaragoza. ZiV provides the smart meters and the computation nodes at each transformer element in the powergrid plus the communication means using their Prime Technology.
Related posts with this project are:
Comparative Study of Different Grid Configurations
The video shows a comparative among different grid configurations. Our environment for real time microgrid simulation allows to simulate several grids in parallel with its own load curves and weather conditions. The aim of this video is to show the benefits of the distributed energy resources automatically controlled in microgrids with respect to microgrids with no management. The implemented microgrid management pursues to reach the minimum imported and exported energy from the utility. For this purpose, four microgrids are simulated at the same time. These microgrids share the same topology but some of them introduce new elements. They are: grid...
Explaining the Microgrid Simulation Environment
This is an introduction video to our environment for real time microgrid simulation. The video introduces the different parts of the visual interface. There are line charts showing the generation capability, the demand, and the powergrid losses. The configuration of the powergrid is not trivial mainly because: in spanish regulation, producing an excess of energy may lead to fines by the regulator; also, the production of energy may lead to important losses when it is not consumed near the generation facilities. To analyse these elements, we devise different visual representation of the elements of the powergrid, study the behavior and...
Autonomous Microgrid Simulation
We are developing a framework that enables the experimentation with grids in a realistic way. The decisions of the system are processed by a migrogrid tool called gridlabd. This tool performs static analysis of a microgrid to determine stable configurations and overloading situations. However, this tool is not designed to test facilities where decisions are made in run-time. So, we have devised a framework that interfaces with gridlabd to provide this functionality. The proof of concept is being used in the MIRED-CON project, where a microgrid is enhanced using devices developed by ZiV company, tested by the University of Zaragoza,...