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Several isolated areas in the world currently use only diesel generators (DGs) to serve their requirements of electrical energy. However, the use of DGs has many drawbacks:
- high cost of electricity,
- air and noise pollution,
- Loss in fuel efficiency and maintenance cost.
To remedy those problems it is better to generate power from a cost-effective, environmental friendly renewable energy sources (RESs) such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass, etc. RESs are clean and almost available all over the planet but are intermittent in nature, especially wind and solar power generations. This makes their integration to micro-grid with DG difficult, especially if the local grid is not connected to the main grid.
Hybrid standalone system consists of many elements such as photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, DG, energy storage system, AC and DC loads, dump load etc. Most of these elements are connected to the AC or DC bus via power electronic devices. In this presentation many possible hybrid renewable energy standalone systems will be discussed. Control of some of the systems will be discussed in detail.
Prof Ambrish Chandra did his engineering degree from the University of Roorkee (presently IIT), India, M.Tech. degree from IIT, New Delhi, India, and Ph.D. degree from University of Calgary, Canada, in 1977, 1980, and 1987, respectively. Since 1994, he is working as a Professor of Electrical Engineering at École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Universié du Québec, Montréal, Canada.
The key differentiator of Prof. Chandra’s work is in the simplicity and practicality of the new solutions proposed by him. His most significant work is concerned with the advancement of new theory and control algorithms in the following two areas: 1) integration of renewable energy sources to distribution systems with improved power quality features, and 2) power quality improvement in distribution systems. His work has had a significant impact and is now extensively employed in the industry. During the past 20 years he has published around 300 research articles in these two areas. He was instrumental in writing six review articles on power quality; those have now become de-facto standards worldwide. Many of the articles co-authored by him have high Google citations 2036, 867, 603, 325, with total Google citations 9380, h-index 42, i10-index 99, and are being referred by many international researchers. He is a coauthor of the book ‘Power Quality – Problems and Mitigation Techniques’, John Wiley and Sons Ltd, (2015) which deals with the power quality problems in distribution systems.
Prof Chandra is Fellow of many organisations, including IEEE, CAE, EIC, IET and others. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Power and Energy Society, and also of IEEE Industry Application Society. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. He is IEEE Power and Energy Society Montreal Chapter Chair. From May 2012 to September 2015, he was the Director of a multidisciplinary graduate program on ‘Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency’ at ÉTS. Prof Chandra is a professional engineer in the province of Quebec, Canada.Back to all