Design and optimal sizing of microgrids

Juan M. Rey*, Pedro P. Vergara, Javier Solano, Gabriel Ordóñez

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter introduces concepts to understand, formulate, and solve a microgrid design and optimal sizing problem. First, basic concepts of energy potential assessment are introduced, in order to determine if a location is suitable for PV and wind generation systems implementation. Second, different modeling approaches are presented and the required characteristics for the optimal microgrid sizing problem are discussed. Third, basic concepts about load estimation for the design and sizing of microgrids are introduced. Fourth, the most common microgrid sizing criteria are presented and classified according to the type of analysis. Fifth, basic concepts related to multi-objective optimization are introduced and some common design approaches and optimization algorithms are presented, emphasizing into multi-objective genetic algorithms. In addition, microgrids design commercial software is reviewed. Sixth, some IEEE standards related to the design, operation, and implementation of microgrids are presented. Finally, the chapter concludes with key remarks on microgrid design and sizing problem.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicrogrids Design and Implementation
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9783319986876
ISBN (Print)9783319986869
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Design criteria
  • Microgrids
  • Multi-objective optimization
  • Optimal sizing


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