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“The Load as a Controllable Energy Asset in DC Microgrids”

R. S. Balog, M. Metry, and M. Shadmand

R. S. Balog, M. Metry, and M. Shadmand, “The Load as a Controllable Energy Asset in DC Microgrids,” DC Distribution Systems and Microgrids, T. Dragičević, P. Wheeler, and F. Blaabjerg, eds. London, United Kingdom: The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), 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.” (theiet.org)

Microgrids and other Local Area Power and Energy Systems

A. Kwasinski, W. Weaver, and R. S. Balog

A. Kwasinski, W. Weaver, and R. S. Balog, Microgrids and other Local Area Power and Energy Systems. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

“Describing the formation, integration, planning, composition and operation of microgrids, this book explains how local power systems can address limitations in conventional electric power grids and provides insights into the practical implementation needs and outcomes of microgrid technology. All aspects of microgrid design and applications are covered, including the main technologies involved in microgrids and other local area power and energy systems. The reliability and economic characteristics of microgrid system architecture, energy storage and grid interaction are explored in depth. Over 300 illustrations and real-world application examples make this a fully self-contained resource, ideal for graduate students and professionals in electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering and materials science.” (cambridge.org)

“Batteries, Battery Management and Battery Charging Technology”

R. S. Balog and A. Davoudi

R. S. Balog and A. Davoudi, “Batteries, Battery Management and Battery Charging Technology,” in Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, vol. 2, R. A. Meyers, Ed. New York, USA: Springer Verlag, 2012, pp. 671-706.

“The Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology (ESST) addresses the grand challenge for science and engineering today. It provides unprecedented, peer-reviewed coverage in more than 550 separate entries comprising 38 topical sections. ESST establishes a foundation for the many sustainability and policy evaluations being performed in institutions worldwide.

“An indispensable resource for scientists and engineers in developing new technologies and for applying existing technologies to sustainability, the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology is presented at the university and professional level needed for scientists, engineers, and their students to support real progress in sustainability science and technology.

“Although the emphasis is on science and technology rather than policy, the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology is also a comprehensive and authoritative resource for policy makers who want to understand the scope of research and development and how these bottom-up innovations map on to the sustainability challenge.” (springer.com)

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