Power Systems Engineering Research Center

T-64 Project Summary 

Who controls the DERs? Increasing DER hosting capacity through targeted modeling, sensing, and control 

Summary Distributed energy resources (DERs) offer many opportunities for providing grid services but may also cause issues in distribution grid operations. This project develops modeling and analysis techniques for systems with many DERs that have potentially conflicting control objectives. Using DER models developed by applying machine learning to actual device data, this project will first identify a small number of locations for placing sensors relevant to monitoring key distribution grid constraints and then develop a framework for analyzing and comparing the impacts of various DER controllers on distribution grid operations. 
Academic Team Members Project Leader: Line Roald (Wisconsin, roald@wisc.edu)
Team Members: Daniel Molzahn (Georgia Tech, molzahn@gatech.edu), Mojdeh Hedman (Arizona State, mojdeh.khorsand@asu.edu)
Industry Team Members Melvin Schoech (CenterPoint), Venkat Banunarayanan (NRECA), Yohan Sutjandra (TEA), George Stefopoulos (NYPA), Patrick Panciatici (RTE-France), Jim Price (CAISO), Philip J. Hart (GE Global Research), Yazhou Jian (GE Global Research), Rajni Burra (First Solar), William Kouam (AEP), Evangelos Farantatos (EPRI), Adarsh Nagarajan (NREL), Jenny Zhao (AEP), Jesse Gantz (Centrica), Kwok Cheung (GE Renewable Energy), Nayeem Mohammad Abdullah (ComEd), Liuxi Zhang (ComEd), Bo Yang (Hitachi), Oluwaseyi Akinbode (MISO)
Project Period July 1, 2020 to August 31, 2022