DC Microgrids Scoping Study–Estimate of Technical and Economic Benefits

Los Alamos National Laboratory for US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
http://1.usa.gov/1E6kNXV

Microgrid demonstrations and deployments have show the ability of microgrids to provide higher reliability and higher power quality than utility power systems and improved energy utilization. Los Alamos National Laboratory has released a report titled DC Microgrids Scoping Study: Estimate of Technical and Economic Benefits, which presents the results of a study by several national labs and funded by the Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability. The study provides a preliminary examination of the benefits and drawbacks of potential DC microgrid applications relative to their AC counterparts, using several metrics for comparison, and offers recommendations for potential future research and deployment activities.

Los Alamos National Laboratory has released a report titled DC Microgrids Scoping Study: Estimate of Technical and Economic Benefits. Several national labs participated in the study’s work, which was funded by the Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability. The study provides a preliminary examination of the benefits and drawbacks of potential DC microgrid applications relative to their AC counterparts, using several metrics for comparison:

  1. Safety and protection
  2. Reliability
  3. Capital cost
  4. Energy efficiency
  5. Operating cost
  6. Engineering costs
  7. Environmental impact
  8. Power quality
  9. Resilience

The report also offers recommendations for potential future research and deployment activities.

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