Microgrid Demonstration Projects and Pilot Sites

  • Clara Gouveia
  • Carlos Moreira
  • David Rua
  • João Peças Lopes


Within the smart grid (SG) paradigm, the microgrid (MG) concept has been pointed out as a pathway for the implementation of future smart distribution networks since it extends and decentralizes the distribution network monitoring and control capability and provides key self-healing capabilities to low voltage (LV) networks. The increased interest on the MG concept has led to several demonstration activities that have been exploited worldwide. Therefore, this chapter provides an overview regarding some of the laboratorial infrastructures and pilot sites dedicated to development of MG and SG concepts. Additionally, it is presented and discussed the development of a specific SG laboratorial infrastructure following the MG concept.


Electric vehicles Microgrids Smart grids Practical results 



This work was financed by the ERDF—European Regional Development Fund through the Operational Programme for Competitiveness and Internationalization—COMPETE 2020 Programme and by National Funds through FCTFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) within project “ERANETLAC/0005/2014.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clara Gouveia
    • 1
  • Carlos Moreira
    • 1
    • 2
  • David Rua
    • 1
  • João Peças Lopes
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.INESC TEC—INESC Technology and SciencePortoPortugal
  2. 2.FEUP—Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal

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