Toward Dynamic Monitoring and Decision (DYMONDS)–Based Smart Distribution Systems

Start date: 2010 Expected completion date: 2013
PIs: Luis Marcelino Ferreira (IST/UL) and Marija Ilic (CMU)
Co-PIs: Pedro Carvalho (IST/UL), João Peças Lopes (FEUP/INESC TEC)

Dual Degree Ph.D. Students: Brandon Mauch (Engineering and Public Policy), Colleen Horin (Engineering and Public Policy), Masoud Nazari (Engineering and Public Policy)

Teams: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP), Instituto Superior Técnico da Universidade de Lisboa (IST/UL), Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores do Porto (INESC TEC), Centro para a Inovação em Engenharia Electrotécnica e Energia (CIEEE), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

Companies: EDP, EPRI e LOGICA

Keywords: Power distribution systems dynamic system simulation; intelligent network control smart grid; Distributed network control new generation SCADAs; Price sensitive loads distributed resources

This project concerns a framework for designing and operating future smart distributed electric power systems. A collaborative effort will be targeted toward introducing the fundamentals of a smart distribution network system. Such system should be capable of integrating demand-response, and many new distributed resources, such as Electric Vehicles (EVs), Photovoltaic’s (PVs) and small-scale wind generation, without creating any reliability problems. New functionalities, such as Just-in-Time (JIT), Just-in-Place (JIP) and Just-in-Context (JIC) will be embedded into the distributed resources for their adaptation to the system conditions and for interactive communications between these resources and the distribution companies. More specifically, the project will re-visit fundamentals of transforming today’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA)-enabled operations and control of the electric power distribution systems into a highly flexible network system. Such network system will be enabled by the next-generation SCADA referred to as the (Dynamic Monitoring and Decision Systems-DYMONDS) fundamentally based on the multi-layered sensing, communication and control. The DYMONDS will be embedded into many (groups of) physical components including wires, loads and energy sources.

Articles published:
“SMART ENERGY Brainstorms”: R&D for the Future of Smart Energy Grids: fostering pilot experiences in Portugal
Monograph Offers New Model to Enhance Use of Clean Resources 

Marija Ilic talks about the Future of Renewable Energy in Portugal