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2008-02 Developing Microgeneration and Microgrids
May 19-21, 2008


In the last decades, electric power systems undertook several modifications toward a more decentralized energy system paradigm, allowing the increase of DG levels. Special attention should now be given to microgeneration that consists in small and modular generation units, in the range of a few tens of kW or even less, directly connected to LV distribution networks. Microgeneration can offer substantial environmental benefits through the integration of renewable forms of energy, such as wind or solar. Connection of microsources can also bring significant benefits to power system operation in terms of loss reduction and reliability improvement. Future grid reinforcements and expansion can also be deferred. However, large scale integration of microgeneration cannot take place without the introduction of a new control and management concept – the microgrid. A microgrid is defined as a set of microgeneration units, loads (some with a responsive characteristic), storage devices and a hierarchical-type management and control scheme supported by a communication infrastructure. The microgrid is a key piece for the development of the SmartGrid concepts.

This course intends to provide expertise on microgeneration and microgrids control and management for normal and emergency modes of operation, as well as on the global technical, economic and environmental impacts of the adoption of the microgrids concept. Practical experiences with microgeneration and microgrids will be addressed also in the course.


Prof. João Abel Peças Lopes (

João A. Peças Lopes is Associate Professor with Aggregation at the Faculty of Engineering, where he teaches in the graduation and post-graduation areas. He is one of the coordinators of INESC Porto Power System Unit.
Prof. Peças Lopes was responsible by INESC Porto activities in several EU financed research projects and namely the project - MICROGRIDS - Large Scale Integration of Micro Generation to Low Voltage Grids and MORE_MICROGRIDS - Advanced Architectures and Control Concepts for More Microgrids.
He supervised several consulting projects related with the impact analysis of the connection of wind parks in the electrical power systems of Madeira island, Azores islands and in the islands of Sal, S. Vicente and S. Tiago in the Republic of Cabo Verde. He was the responsible for several consultancy projects related with the impact evaluation resulting from the connection of large wind parks in the Portuguese electrical grid.
He was also responsible for a project with the Transmission System Operator of Brazil (ONS) for the development the technical and commercial rules for the integration of independent generation from renewable power sources in distribution and transmission networks.
He was also the Chair of the Selection Committee of the public tender that decided about the integration of new 1800 MW of wind generation in Portugal, launched by the Portuguese government in 2005.
He is member of the Executive board of the EES/UETP consortium and chair of its course program committee.
His main domains of research are presently related with large scale integration of renewable power sources in power systems (namely wind generation), power system dynamics, microgeneration and microgrids.


J. Peças Lopes

N. Hatziargyriou

N. Jenkins
University of Manchester

G. Strbac

B. Buchholz

A. Engler
Liebherr-Elektronik GmbH

M. Matos

C. Moreira

A. Madureira

N. Gil


Course duration and location

Three days - 19th to 21th May 2008, Porto, Portugal


Courses Contents

  • Day 1
  •   9:00 – 9:15 Registration
      9:15 – 9:30 Opening Session
      9:30 – 11:00 Introduction to Microgeneration and Microgrids: Operation and Management Strategies (N. Hatziargyriou)
    11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
    11:30 – 13:00 Microgrids: Economic and Environmental Evaluation (G. Strbac)
    13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
    14:30 – 16:30 Microgeneration Modelling and Inverter Control (C. Moreira and A. Engler)

  • Day 2
  •   9:00 – 10:30 Microgrids: Islanding Operation and Black Start (C. Moreira)
    10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
    11:00 – 12:30 Reliability Impact of Microgeneration and Microgrids (M. Matos)
    12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
    14:00 – 15:30 Protection of Microgeneration and Microgrids (N. Jenkins)
    15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
    16:00 – 17:30 Multi-Microgrids: Architecture and Functionalities (A. Madureira and N. Gil)

  • Day 3

  •   9:00 – 10:30 Microgeneration and Demand Side Management with Smart Metering (J. Peças Lopes)
    10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
    11:00 – 12:30 Microgrid Real Test Site (B. Buchholz)
    12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
    14:00 – 15:30 Discussion

    Course fees

    Members of the EES UETP: € 525
    University non members of the EES UETP: € 900
    Industry non members of the EES UETP: € 1500

    All Cancellations must be made directly with Institute of Power Systems and Power Economics. In the event of cancellation, and provided that written notice is received (by e-mail or fax) ten days prior to the event, a refund of 75% of the registration fees will be made.

    Refunds will be made once the conference has finished and it is determined that the cancellation has been carried out correctly.
    If no notice of cancellation is received, no refund can be made.

    Registration form

    Registration Form



    Special Prices were arranged at Hotel Ibis S. João (5 minutes from INESC Porto), Hotel D. Henrique (down town) and Hotel Infante Sagres (down town). Please contact directly:

    Hotel Ibis***
    Phone: +351 22 551 31 00
    Fax: +351 22 551 31 01
    Single and double room: €47,50 (breakfast not included)

    Hotel D. Henrique ****
    Phone: +351 22 340 16 16
    Fax: +351 22 340 16 65
    Single room: €72 (breakfast included)
    Double room: €75 (breakfast included)

    Hotel Infante Sagres*****
    Phone: +351 223 398 500
    Fax: +351 223 398 599
    Single room: €95 (breakfast included)
    Double room: €100 (breakfast included)

    When making a reservation please mention “INESC Porto EES-UETP”.



    From Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 of May 2008, Porto, Portugal

    Course leaflet


    How to get here

    If you are arriving by plane at Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, you can take the “Metro” directly from the airport to INESC Porto. The two nearest “Metro” stations are “Hospital S. João” and “I.P.O” in the Yellow line (please see the map for more details). You can also get a Taxi and go directly to INESC Porto asking the driver for this address: INESC Porto, Campus da FEUP, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 378.

    If you are arriving by train to “Campanhã” Main Station, you can take the “Metro” directly from the train station to INESC Porto. The two nearest “Metro” stations are “Hospital S. João” and “I.P.O” in the Yellow line (please see the map for more details). You can also get a Taxi and go directly to INESC Porto asking the driver for this address: INESC Porto, Campus da FEUP, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 378.

    BY CAR
    If you are arriving by car to Porto, you should follow the directions to “Hospital S. João”. (Please see the map for more details)


    How to get to INESC Porto inside FEUP Campus