Enable networked microgrids, and their component distributed energy resources (DER), to operate distributedly using collaborative autonomy concepts implemented in an OpenFMB architecture. The layered control architecture will support normal grid-connected operations, the bulk electric system during abnormal conditions, and bulk system restoration with self-assembling elements. In these roles, microgrids act as the last line of defense to safe-guard the bulk system, support critical end-use loads, and serve as hardened points from which the bulk system can be restored after an extreme event.
- Engage the increasing number of microgrids being deployed at federal, and non-federal, facilities to support critical end-use loads, and the BES during normal and abnormal conditions.
- Leverage distributed controls to eliminate the single points of failure common in existing microgrid coordination schemes.
- Leverage CleanStart DERMS, Duke RDS, and the DOE microgrid program technologies to enable NMGs to distributedly self-assemble and adapt to changing system conditions.
- The increased utilization of distributed assets, edge computing, and NMGs will improve the resiliency of critical end-use loads and the BES.
- Implement peer-to-peer control between NMGs using OpenFMB, leveraging Duke RDS project.
- Apply collaborative autonomy to coordinate the operation of NMGs, leveraging CleanStart DERMS algorithms and simulation techniques.
- Utilize the framework to develop concept of operations (CONOPS) for leveraging NMGs, with partner validation.
- Make NMGs the Citadels for high-reliability end-use loads, an asset for abnormal operations, and the core for restoration from extreme events.