Microgrids are broadly applied and of growing interest as an important feature of next generation power systems. Microgrids are used today in ships, off shore oil platforms, many islands, and remote towns. Moreover, college campuses, industrial facilities, and military facilities are increasingly evaluating microgrids to optimize efficiency during normal operation and effectiveness during emergencies. In fact, recent natural disasters in Japan and the US have raised questions as to whether a deliberate augmentation of the existing with microgrids might provide enhanced resistance to failure and shorter recovery times.
Consequently, researchers around the world are developing microgrids and pursuing microgrid research. The purpose of this workshop is to gather those researchers, have presentations on current research directions, develop effective collaborations to advance the field, and to help identify important unmet research needs. The focus is much less on how to develop microgrids with today’s technology and much more on what new technology is needed to make better microgrids available in the future. Practitioners who want to better understand future trends are welcome to attend, but this will be a research workshop rather than one that focuses on present best practices.
Papers describing microgrid research in the following and related topics are encouraged: