Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


Hierarchical Fault Tolerant Control Design for Smart Grids

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15 March 2019

Supporting the initiation of a novel collaboration for the design of fault-tolerant control architectures for smart grids

Funder British Council
Amount 4480 GBP 


Research topics Control | Fault-tolerance | Smart grid 


Microgrids are a promising technology for future power networks, as they offer the possibility of merging generation, consumption and storage of electricity. This is a fundamental capability for the growing penetration of renewable energy sources in electrical grids, but opens novel technological challenges.
From a control engineering point of view, microgrids require new distributed control schemes to fully exploit new and widely distributed sensors and actuators. Moreover, consumers have local control capabilities, while systems operators have the responsibility of maintaining balance between production and demand. In this context the control architecture must evolve from distributed to hierarchical. Reliability is another key requirement.
Therefore, in this project, we plan to develop a distributed hierarchical control architecture for microgrids, which is furthermore robust to the possible presence of faults to guarantee safety and continued performance of the system.


Casagrande, V., Prodan, I., Spurgeon, S.K., Boem, F., (2021), A robust MPC method for microgrid energy management based on distributed optimization, (Accepted) European Control Conference, ECC 2021.

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