|49||U.S. Army Microgrid
|Group Members: Sahil Morrow (sahilsm2), Patrick Yang (pyyang2), Matthew Weberski (mwebers2)
There are locations around the world where traditional energy sources are poorly distributed, or not available at all. This can be caused by natural disasters that knock the grid in the area, leaving the people in the area without any electricity. Also, it makes the job of aid workers more difficult because they have no way to power any devices they bring to help people in need. The Army Corps of Engineers wants a system to provide an emergency source of power to places in need.
We will develop a small-scale microgrid that will be powered by multiple diesel engines. After reestablishing power, the diesel engines would then be substituted by a clean energy source. The subsystems for our design will include: the two different power supplies, a power converter to transfer power to the grid, a control system, and a monitor system.
Power Supplies: Initially diesel engines will provide the energy needed to restore power back to the grid. Overtime, these diesel engines would be transitioned to a clean energy source, such as solar panels to maintain the grid.
Power Converter: There must be an interface between the systems providing the power to the microgrid after being generated from the different power supplies. The microgrid will provide AC power, while the power supplies will generate DC power. A DC-AC inverter will be required to convert the output power of the supplies to match the required input power of the microgrid.
Control System: A control system will be needed in order to keep the microgrid operating within the desired power range as specified by the client.
Power Monitoring System: We will have sensors attached to the microgrid, along with a UI individuals deploying this microgrid may use to keep track of the performance of the microgrid and how much energy it is capable of providing.
Criterion for Success:
The Army Corps of Engineers wishes for us to design, model and analyze a small-scale prototype of the microgrid.