Masters Theses


"In this thesis, the concept of microgrid system is introduced. Also, the major components of a microgrid will be discussed thoroughly. Both grid-connected and autonomous modes are explained. In addition, the control of a microgrid is defined for the following types: local, centralized and decentralized control.

As one of the nation's premiere research universities, the Missouri University of Science and Technology has built four inspirational solar houses (solar villages) for a competition in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon to allow students to research and improve different aspects of the microgrid system. Consequently, this thesis develops a computer model and displays the houses and the components of the Missouri S&T solar village. Also, it illustrated some technologies and techniques used in the solar village.

The simulation of the solar village system will be designed by MATLAB and is based on the data obtained from the real system. Energy management systems and the control scenarios of battery charging and discharging are provided along with an analysis of how effectiveness could be increased. Also, it proposed some specific algorithms to manage the power flow of the system based on the battery's state of charge (SOC), solar power generation, and load. The algorithms work to control SOC and operate under the following conditions: charging the battery, and discharging the battery, importing power from a utility, and exporting power to a utility. The primary focus in this thesis is to find a way to have the final SOC after a specific time be close to the initial SOC and maintain the SOC between reasonable range"--Abstract, page iii.


Ferdowsi, Mehdi

Committee Member(s)

Kimball, Jonathan W.
Shamsi, Pourya


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Electrical Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Summer 2016


xi, 86 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 81-85).


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Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Smart power grids
Energy storage -- Analysis
Solar energy

Thesis Number

T 10943

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