We have been working on our rural electrification project for more than a year and a half now. During this time, we have been researching, developing and building prototypes of our own USB-C based solar home system. With this off-grid system we intend to provide a solution to villages that do not have a grid connection. Our ultimate goal is to interconnect households to create DC microgrids and provide reliable access to electricity for all.
We planned to carry out our first field test in Ethiopia this month. Unfortunately, due to the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we had to postpone this field test. However, we at DC Opportunities still feel very enthusiastic to keep working on improving our prototypes.
We are happy to announce that today Faik Nizam successfully defended his MSc thesis on “Energy Management in USB-C Based Modular Solar Home Systems” . During the past year and a half, Faik has been working within the rural electrification project focusing on implementing power delivery communication to perform the energy management of our Solar Home System. Congratulations Faik!
Last week Pedro Parreira graduated from the MSc in Electrical Engineering at TU Delft. During his thesis, he has been working on “Distributed optimal power flow for low voltage DC grids” at DC Opportunities. For the past months, Pedro developed an optimization algorithm for low-voltage DC grids which eliminates the need of a central controller. By utilizing physiscal measurements of the grid, it is now possible to control local voltage and power with the goal of minimizing cost.
Today, Lukas Irazusta Gorostidi successfully defended his Master’s Thesis titled “Power Electronics in Modular Solar Home Systems” at Delft University of Technology. During the last year, he has been developing the hardware for our modular solar home system. Several prototypes were realized and Lukas demonstrated that today to the audience in his well-attended public presentation. We are very happy that Lukas will stay with us after his graduation to continue this development!
Sprekers/Partners: Henry Lootens, Bestuurder Stichting Gelijkspanning Nederland | Maarten de Vries, Programmamanager TKI Urban Energy | Diego Zuidervliet, R&D Engineer ATAG Benelux | Laurens Mackay, Oprichter DC Opportunities R&D | Henri Overbeek, Technisch specialist Venema Technisch Bedrijf
Meer energie distribueren met gelijkspanning In Nederland ligt al heel veel koper in de grond. Met gelijkspanning kunnen we hier veel beter gebruik van maken dan nu met AC. Laurens legt aan de hand van een onderzoek in Zoetermeer uit dat 5 keer meer energie over dezelfde kabel echt kan.
Vragen die beantwoord worden: Klopt het dat er met gelijkspanning 5x zoveel energie over dezelfde kabel kan? De LED straatverlichting in mijn gemeente werkt toch al op gelijkspanning? Wat kun je nog meer met de stroomkabels die lantaarnpalen van energie voorzien?
On the 4th of April 2019 the European DC Forum took place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. DC Opportunities R&D was present to discuss with participants the future of DC grids. Dr. Laurens Mackay gave a keynote in the morning.
Early this year, DC Opportunities R&D participated in the 2nd stage regional round of the IEEE “Empower a Billion Lives” competition held in Seville, Spain. This global competition seeks scalable solutions to tackle energy poverty.
Dr. Laurens Mackay and Lukas Irazusta pitched the rural electrification concept that DC Opportunities R&D is currently working on. A field test is scheduled later this year in Ethiopia.
It was a great opportunity to meet people working in this field, and share ideas and points of view.
Today Dola, successfully defended his master’s thesis titled “Fully Distributed Optimal Power Flow”.
There are many methods for solving an optimal power flow (OPF) problem. Most of them employ one central unit to solve the problem (centralized) while in others, every node/area computes for its coverage and send information to its neighbors every time. The mentioned method is called Distributed OPF. In this thesis, the Distributed OPF aims for a fast and resilient algorithm to solve a DC-OPF problem based on Consensus + Innovation (C+I) method. The research focuses on developing a faster algorithm in solving an OPF problem for a DC distribution grid. The current C+I method has tuning parameters, all of which are determined by trial and error for every case. They are sensitive parameters that determine the speed of the iteration to converge to the solution. This thesis attempts to form adaptive tuning parameters by understanding their function in every equation for a variable update. By understanding the purpose of each tuning parameter and the physical interpretation, some parameters can be formulated while the other is still determined by estimating the value. The losses and congestion are also taken into account. In the results, by formulating these parameters, they are shown that the iteration number has dropped significantly compared to the previous research. Regarding the resilience of the algorithm, the distributed approach relies on the information exchange between the nodes and delay on the information exchange will stall the whole iteration process. Therefore, an asynchronous algorithm is implemented to resolve the problem by setting a timeout duration. The timeout duration enables the algorithm to wait for the new information only for the desired duration, and therefore the calculation converges in faster.