Talk / Overview
Microgrids are an integrated energy system consisting of a group interconnected Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) within clearly defined electrical boundaries that act as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid.
To operate such microgrids, state-of-the-art energy management systems mostly rely on model predictive control (MPC), where the site's load and photovoltaic production are forecasted over a prediction horizon of typically 24-48 hours based on which an optimal control plan is computed for the flexible DERs. Schneider Electric's microgrid energy management solutions enable to optimize the operation of the on-site energy resources and loads using MPC algorithms. Microgrids are gaining popularity in Africa as an alternative to conventional power grids and a cost-effective way to enhance the access to energy.