Smart Microgrid Lab

The smart microgrid lab provides tools for hands-on experience and research on smart microgrids. The laboratory is a smart microgrid on its own containing a renewable energy source, energy storage, and several reference loads. Energy is provided by a photovoltaic system at the rooftop. A data acquisition system provides data about the output power of the photovoltaic system in real time. The lab’s battery system is capable of storing up to 10 kWh of electrical energy. The lab can operate in grid mode or island mode, thus simulate a typical smart home as well as a fully autonomous system. Research experiments in the lab include smart metering, self-organizing smart appliances supporting demand response and load scheduling approaches.