IEEE NSW PES Distinguished Lecture - Microgrids – Concept and Present Status


Microgrids – Concept and Present Status

 A microgrid is defined as an aggregation of electrical loads and generation. To the utility, a microgrid is an electrical load that can be controlled in magnitude. This load could be constant, or could increase at night when electricity is cheaper, or could be held at zero during times of system stress. A microgrid can improve the reliability of the power supply, possibly at a lower cost. The technology can be effectively used for combined heat and power applications. It reduces the transmission power loss. It reduces the environmental impacts. It is also well suited for off-grid, remote area applications.

 The microgrid concept has been around for over a decade now. It has matured from this to demonstration and implementation phases though research and development activities. This talk will start with the basic concepts of both ac and dc microgrids. This will be followed by the operation and control challenges of microgrids. Finally the usefulness of microgrids under the smart grid umbrella will be outlined.

  Date and Time




  • Room G17
  • UNSW Sydney,
  • Sydney, New South Wales
  • Australia 2052
  • Building: TETB (Bldg H6)
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Prof. Arindam Ghosh of Curtin University


Arindam Ghosh is a Professor (Research Academic) at Curtin University. Prior to joining Curtin University in November 2013, he was a Research Capacity Building Professor in Power Engineering at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, where he joined in May 2006. Before that, he was Professor of Electrical Engineering from 1991 till 2006 and an Assistant Professor from 1985 and 1991 at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He also has held visiting appointments at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (1992-93), University of Queensland (UQ) (1993-94), QUT (1999-2000) and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2003) as a Fulbright Scholar. He has been a Distinguished Visitor to University of Seville, Spain and China Three Gorges University at Yichang. He has obtained his Ph.D. from University of Calgary, Canada in 1983. He is a Fellow of IEEE, Indian National Academy of Engineering and is an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer.