Investigating Smart grid approaches for optimal integration of pv distributed energy resources in Dubai

Moustafa A. M. Shahin, Evangelia Topriska, Michael Gormley

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Abstract

The rapid deployment of grid-connected roof-top photovoltaic systems in Dubai, as part of "Shams Dubai" initiatives and the anticipated high penetration of distributed PV generation have both raised several challenges and urged the need to study the technical solutions to address higher PV penetration levels. The intermittent nature of PV distributed generation could adversely impact the voltage profile and stability of distribution feeders throughout the daily load cycle resulting in voltage fluctuations and flicker that violate the established utility guidelines for voltage regulations. Moreover, the existing distribution networks were not designed to operate with intermittent sources of generation at medium or low voltage levels. This paper discusses several smart grid strategies for Distributed Energy Resources (DER) integration including advanced control of smart inverters, automated demand response, and technical and regulation enhancement for DER integration to improve the PV hosting capacity of distribution feeders and enable wider deployments of roof-top PV systems, thus achieving successful renewable transformation of the existing power systems. A survey was conducted to investigate the existing solar PV projects in Dubai and identify the key challenges of the existing interconnection standards. The initial survey results and recommendations for PV integration strategy and grid interconnection regulations enhancement are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ISES Solar World Conference 2017 and the IEA SHC Solar Heating and Cooling Conference for Buildings and Industry 2017
PublisherInternational Solar Energy Society
Pages12-23
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783981465976
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventISES Solar World Conference and 5th International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling Conference for Buildings and Industry 2017 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 29 Oct 20172 Nov 2017

Conference

ConferenceISES Solar World Conference and 5th International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling Conference for Buildings and Industry 2017
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
CityAbu Dhabi
Period29/10/172/11/17

Keywords

  • Advance inverter management
  • DER integration
  • DER interconnection regulations
  • Grid-connected PV integration
  • Shams Dubai
  • Smart grid strategy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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    Shahin, M. A. M., Topriska, E., & Gormley, M. (2017). Investigating Smart grid approaches for optimal integration of pv distributed energy resources in Dubai. In Proceedings of the ISES Solar World Conference 2017 and the IEA SHC Solar Heating and Cooling Conference for Buildings and Industry 2017 (pp. 12-23). International Solar Energy Society. https://doi.org/10.18086/swc.2017.01.02