This project is part of a broader program on scalable endpoint-based control to mitigate the uncertainty of renewables. Specifically, the focus will be on two problems (i) the inverter control for voltage regulation and VAR support in a distribution network with high penetration of renewable generation such as wind and solar photovoltaics; and (ii) demand response that attempts to match elastic demand to fluctuating supply.
For each of these problems, mathematical models will be developed. We will then derive scalable distributed control algorithms, and analyze their properties. We will also conduct simulations, collect data, evaluate the performance of the algorithms in realistic settings, and use the findings to refine our models and algorithms.
The expected outcome is a set of models, distributed control algorithms for volt/VAR control and demand response, and their performance evaluation using mathematical analysis and simulations.