Principal Technical Lead, EPRI
Title: Utility Deployed Grid Interactive Microgrid controller for Resilient Communities
EPRI was recently awarded by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, to develop a commercially-viable standardized microgrid controller that will enable communities to provide continuous power for critical loads. EPRI is leading a team that includes a developer, a national test lab, a microgrid system analytics consultant, fourteen utilities and three target communities, all committed and ready to apply this technology in the field.
The work plan to demonstrate an integrated approach to deploy microgrids needs to be customized for the specific technical and economic conditions applicable at individual utility service territory.
This project will focus on utilizing optimization tools to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study to determine the cost-optimal configuration and operations for different distributed energy resources (DER) that could be utilized within a microgrid. The simulations will investigate how to operate various microgrid arrangements, interconnection issues, role of a microgrid controller, and its relationship with the utility at the distribution system operator (DSO) level.
Configurability and standardization of functional options are also key elements. The aim is to develop a flexible technical and economic assessment framework that can be easily adapted to different end-user community applications and to a range of electric grid characteristics.
Arindam Maitra is a Principal Technical Lead at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He is responsible for leading and managing activities related to the power system infrastructure for plug-in hybrid vehicles, microgrids, and integrating smart distributed energy resources with distribution management systems. He is also conducting and managing numerous research activities associated with power systems and power electronics.
Maitra received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Regional Engineering College, Nagpur, India, and holds a Master of Science and a doctorate degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University. Arindam is an active member in some of the working groups at IEEE and IAS.