Hierarchical Operation of Flexible Building Microgrids for Distributed Critical Loads Resiliency

Manohar Chamana, Konrad Schmitt, Rabindra Bhatta, Ilham Osman, Sanka Liyanage, Mahtab Murshed, Stephen Bayne, Joshua MacFie

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Community-scale microgrids play an essential role in serving critical loads during emergency conditions, involving the operation of breakers, tie-switches, distributed energy resources (DERs), and loads. Electric loads are primarily considered as lumped loads without many granular levels of controls. Flexible buildings offer the central microgrid management system an opportunity to shed multiple noncritical loads at granular levels by adopting Internet-of-Things (IoT) based controls. This work presents a novel bi-level optimal sequence of operations for managing the controllable devices in microgrids to serve loads, based on a priority scheme in community scale-scale microgrids. The proposed methodology is formulated as a mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) model and adapts to various operating conditions. The proposed method is validated through case studies that are performed on the Banshee microgrid benchmark model.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 Resilience Week, RWS 2021 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665429054
StatePublished - 2021
Event2021 Resilience Week, RWS 2021 - Salt Lake City, United States
Duration: Oct 18 2021Oct 21 2021

Publication series

Name2021 Resilience Week, RWS 2021 - Proceedings


Conference2021 Resilience Week, RWS 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City


  • Demand Response
  • IoT-based flexible loads
  • Microgrid Operations
  • Resiliency


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