The Department of Energy has released the summary report from the July 30-31, 2012 Microgrid Workshop presented by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. The workshop was held in response to discussions at the preceding DOE Microgrid Workshop, held in August 2011, which called for sharing lessons learned and best practices for system integration from existing projects in the U.S. (including military microgrids) and internationally.
In addition, the purpose of the workshop was to determine system integration gap areas in meeting the DOE program 2020 targets for microgrids and to define specific R&D activities for the needed, but unmet, functional requirements. These activities will serve as the basis for the DOE Microgrid R&D roadmap. The key R&D topics identified by workshop participants as high priority for DOE microgrid R&D were grouped into two tracks, “Planning and Design” and “Operations and Control.”
The workshop had 100 registrants representing vendors, utilities, national laboratories, universities, research institutes, and end users, including 13 participants from 8 foreign countries (Belgium, Canada, Germany, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Romania, and the UK).