Challenges and Opportunities in Microgrid and Solar Photovoltaic System Construction

David R. Riley, Kevin Wright, Atefeh Mohammadpour, Parhum Delgoshaei

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Abstract

Significant reductions in the cost of solar photovoltaic modules have been coupled with the emergence of innovative financial tools and resulted in dramatic increases in the development of distributed renewable energy generation systems. The deep penetration of solar energy throughout our nation's electric sector is dependent on successfully integrating distributed generation, storage, and demand management systems. Achieving this challenge will require improvements to component technologies coupled with paradigm shifts in how energy systems and controls are conceived, developed, tested, and deployed in the marketplace. An integrative approach to meet this challenge is presented including the formation of a collaboration platform for academic and industry partners that is coordinated around a physical smart grid test bed embedded in a large unregulated electric grid. The value adding processes of this ecosystem for research, education, and market deployment are described based on two years of operation. Specific strategies for the advancement of smart grid solutions leading to the deep penetration of renewable energy are also presented including topics of distributed generation, energy efficiency, advanced metering and controls, and cyber security. Implications of these strategies on research, education, and workforce development are also described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2016
Subtitle of host publicationOld and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016
EditorsJose L. Perdomo-Rivera, Carla Lopez del Puerto, Antonio Gonzalez-Quevedo, Francisco Maldonado-Fortunet, Omar I. Molina-Bas
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages1092-1101
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479827
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
EventConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: May 31 2016Jun 2 2016

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016

Other

OtherConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016
CountryPuerto Rico
CitySan Juan
Period5/31/166/2/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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