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Development of Laboratory Experiments for Protection and Automation in Microgrid Power Systems

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2018 ASEE Zone IV Conference

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Boulder, Colorado

Publication Date

March 25, 2018

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March 25, 2018

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March 27, 2018

Page Count

7

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https://peer.asee.org/29606

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Eric Osborn California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Eric is an electrical engineering graduate student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, with a concentration in power systems. His thesis focuses on creating laboratory-scale power system protection and automation experiments for students.

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Ali O. Shaban California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Professor Shaban received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University in 1985. He joined the Electrical Engineering Department at Cal Poly in 1984. Since 1985, Dr. Shaban has done consulting work with San Diego Gas & Electric, Chevron,Southern California Edison,JPL Scientific, and Bluepoint Associates, Ltd., in San Luis Obispo. Dr. Shaban's field of interest is electric machines, power quality, power systems analysis, and power systems protection. He has published in the areas of synchronous machines, induction motor, reliability,and power quality. He is a senior member of the IEEE and PES.

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Taufik Taufik California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Dr. Taufik received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with minor in Computer Science from Northern Arizona University in 1993, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois, Chicago in 1995, and Doctor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University in 1999. He joined the Electrical Engineering department at Cal Poly State University in 1999 where he is currently a tenured Professor. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and has done consulting work and has been employed by several companies including Capstone Microturbine, Rockwell Automation (Allen-Bradley), Picker International, San Diego Gas & Electric, Sempra Energy, APD Semiconductor, Diodes Inc., and Enerpro Inc.

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Abstract

This project establishes practical laboratory coursework facilitating student operation, coordination, and integration of microprocessor-based protective relays in a low-voltage three-phase microgrid system. Three laboratory experiments will be developed, creating a laboratory component to an existing power systems protection course. The laboratory coursework development is part of the Cal Poly electrical engineering department’s Advanced Power Systems Initiatives which aim to modernize power engineering curriculum to more effectively educate power students and prepare them for the rapidly changing power industry. The experiments will focus on auto-synchronization of synchronous generators to the utility, standard generator protection, and load shedding while the system is islanded. Using automation and control techniques, students will have the opportunity to learn various power system protection schemes, as well as familiarize themselves with the communication and coordination of recently donated industry-standard power system protection equipment. Learning outcomes are formulated based on the desirable skills students should attain from each subsystem or components that make up the microgrid system. This includes for examples relay programming, oscillogram interpretation, and setting up the proper transformer connection. Further detailed descriptions of the three experiments along with their learning outcomes and assessment methods will be presented in this paper. Initial results of testing the experiments will also be described, along with challenges and lessons learned in the development of the laboratory coursework.

Osborn, E., & Shaban, A. O., & Taufik, T. (2018, March), Development of Laboratory Experiments for Protection and Automation in Microgrid Power Systems Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Zone IV Conference, Boulder, Colorado. https://peer.asee.org/29606

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