Proceedings of the IEEE Publishes Special Issue on Control Challenges in Microgrids and the Role of Energy-Efficient Buildings

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Proceedings of the IEEE recently released a special issue discussing the latest research trends and findings on the emerging topic of energy in commercial, residential, and other types of buildings and facilities from noted leaders in the industry.

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With the explosive growth of interest in new opportunities for improved operation of electric power grids, this special issue is a valuable and comprehensive collection of current research.

Proceedings of the IEEE, the most highly cited general-interest journal in electronics, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science, recently released a special issue on “Control Challenges in Microgrids and the Role of Energy-Efficient Buildings.”

Edited by John Baillieul, Michael C. Caramanis, Marija D. Ilić, the invited papers encompass the latest research trends and findings on the emerging topic of energy in commercial, residential, and other types of buildings and facilities from noted leaders in the industry. The 11 papers included in this special issue cover a range of topics from comparative evaluation of opportunities for improved efficiency among electric load classes in buildings, the role of smart microgrids for enabling demand-side response, customer side-of-the-meter electricity markets to the role of alternative energy sources to power grid informatics.

“With the explosive growth of interest in new opportunities for improved operation of electric power grids, this special issue is a valuable and comprehensive collection of current research,” said Baillieul, an IEEE Fellow who is currently Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Boston University. “The collection of papers in this special issue cover the latest developments and research advances in power grids of the future and outlines their evolving challenges, paving the way for further research.”

The broad spectrum of papers in the special issue include:

  • “Toward a Consumer-Centric Grid: A Behavioral Perspective,” by W. Saad et.al Explores the potential of prospect theory as a decision-making framework to address the importance of active consumer participation for the emerging smart grid.
  • “Control and Communication Protocols Based on Packetized Direct Load Control in Smart Building Microgrids,” by B. Zhang and J. Baillieul introduces a new operating framework called packetized direct load control (PDLC) that is designed to provide enhanced fairness and consumer satisfaction while at the same time reducing demand uncertainty for independent system operators.
  • “An Information Exchange Framework Utilizing Smart Buildings for Efficient Microgrid Operation.” by J.-Y. Joo and M. D. Ilic´ presents an information exchange framework to support the participation of buildings in demand response in microgrids.
  • “Cyber–Physical Modeling of Distributed Resources for Distribution System Operations,” by S. Chatzivasileiadis et al. focuses on The Virtual Grid Integration Laboratory (VirGIL), which is a modular cosimulation platform designed to study interactions between demand-response strategies, building comfort, communication networks, and power system operation.
  • “Co-Optimization of Power and Reserves in Dynamic T&D Power Markets with Nondispatchable Renewable Generation and Distributed Energy Resources,” by M. Caramanis et. al explores a distributed, massively parallel architecture that enables tractable transmission and distribution locational marginal price (T&DLMP) discovery along with optimal scheduling of centralized generation, decentralized conventional and flexible loads, and distributed energy resources (DERs).

Other papers in this special issue highlight:

  • Energy benchmarking for nonresidential buildings
  • Optimal creation of thermal building networks for reducing carbon emissions
  • Demand-response capabilities of grid-integrated buildings and building microgrids
  • Role of buildings for severing the grid by providing demand response and ancillary services
  • Available technologies and necessary control strategies for HVAC systems in commercial buildings to provide ancillary services
  • Two demonstrations on how demand response and fluctuating resources can contribute as a source of reserve power in the future operations of power grids

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