Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Smart Micro-Grid with Distributed Generation Using Renewable Energy for a Coastal City
by Luong, Tommy, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 45; 10977986
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis presents a novel approach towards solving one of the nation’s electric and energy sustainability problems and will have a major impact on California’s energy policy in meeting its targets, regarding renewable energy and minimizing carbon footprint. The study focuses on examining the technical and economic feasibility of smart micro-grid with distributed generation (DG) system with renewable energy on a coastal city. It presents a method to increase power reliability, redundancy, efficiency and to decrease the greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions contributing to climate change and ensure environmental sustainability. This innovative idea of aggregating multiple micro-grids that encompasses renewable energy from solar and wind, and uses battery storage and natural gas turbine generation for grid stability is unprecedented, which has been demonstrated as part of the results of this study. The proposed system produces enough power to sustain a small city while selling its excess power to adjacent cities. Moreover, this system could adopt other energy sources, not constrained to solar and wind, to exploit an area’s particular renewable energy niche (micro-hydro, geothermal, tidal wave, etc.). It is important to note that this system is economically, socially and environmental friendly (pillars of sustainability), through energy resource diversification, while harnessing free and abundant energy. The results of this study can used in designing and implementing a smart micro-grid in any city to meet its renewable energy and sustainability goal.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Torabzadeh, Jalal
Commitee: Hashempour, Darr, Toossi, Reza
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Alternative Energy, Mechanical engineering
Keywords: Micro-grid, San Diego International Airport, Seal Beach
Publication Number: 10977986
ISBN: 978-0-438-71867-8
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