Microgrids: Building Blocks of the Smart Grid


Chair: Nikos Hatziargyriou

National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Nikos D. Hatziargyriou is Professor at the Power Division of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of NTUA. From February 2007 to August 2012, he was Deputy CEO of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) of Greece, responsible for Transmission and Distribution Networks, island DNO and the Center of Testing, Research and Prototyping.

Dr. Hatziargyriou is Fellow Member of IEEE, past Chair of the Power System Dynamic Performance Committee and Chair of CIGRE SCC6. He was member of the EU Advisory Council of the Technology Platform on Smart Grids. He has participated in more than 60 R&DD Projects, and was coordinator of the EU funded “Care”, “More Care”, “Rise”, “Microgrids”, “More Microgrids” and “Merge”. He is author of more than 250 scientific publications. His research interests include Smartgrids, Microgrids, Distributed and Renewable Energy Sources and Power System Security.


Panel Abstract

Microgrids are low and medium Voltage distribution networks comprising various distributed energy resources (DER), namely distributed generators (DG) and storage devices together with controllable or flexible loads that can operate either interconnected and/or isolated from the main distribution grid as a controlled entity. Microgrids provide an innovative way to unlock the full potential of the installed DER by coordinating their operation at the local distribution level and thus maximizing their benefits. Thus, Microgrids are considered by several utilities around the world as fundamental Buliding Blocks in the design and planning of Smart Grids. Panelists will debate the issues of sustainability achieved by Microgrids, will present and propose solutions to the technical challenges and will illustrate practical experiences.




Nikos D. Hatziargyriou (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)


Siddharth Suryanarayanan (Colorado State University, USA)


Saifur Rahman (Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, USA)


  • Coordination of Multi-Microgrids

João A. Peças Lopes (INESC Porto, Portugal)


Enrico Ragaini (ABB, Italy) 


  • Stabilizing the Graciosa Island Grid With Many Renewables but Without Diesel Engines

Carsten Reincke-Collon (Younicos, Germany)