Power Systems Integration (PSI)
The Power Systems Integration Program works to optimize diesel-renewable hybrid energy systems for islanded electric microgrids. Alaska has invested significant funding and effort to bring renewable energy options to its communities as a way to offset the high reliance on diesel generation. Because the majority of Alaska's rural communities are powered through diesel generation infrastructure, in order for renewable energy to be a solution, it must integrate with the existing systems to ensure reliability, power quality and economic viability. In assessing the performance of these renewable-diesel hybrid systems, the state has identified significant opportunities to improve performance through the development of systems and protocols focused on the integration of various power sources into microgrids, specifically fluctuating, un-firm power sources like wind and solar.
Researchers from ACEP's Power Systems Integration program collaborate with state and federal agencies, communities, national laboratories,product developers and other stakeholders to develop novel control approaches, energy storage systems and managed loads. Research approaches range from data analysis, through modeling, to the test of full-scale components in the Power Systems Integration Laboratory. The program goal is to ensure a thriving program that develops and tests energy technology, disseminates lessons learned, and provides guidelines for the adoption of novel approaches to power systems integration in microgrids from low RE penetration to diesel-off operation.