Document Type


Date of Award

Fall 1-31-2015

Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - (M.S.)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

MengChu Zhou

Second Advisor

Walid Hubbi

Third Advisor

Qi Kang


This thesis introduces some basic concepts and control methods about a microgrid. Then, two hot issues are investigated. One is how to control multiple distributed generators; and another is how to model both discrete event and continuous behaviors of a microgrid. To address these two issues, this thesis work applies Petri nets to both modeling and control of a microgrid. Ordinary Petri nets, hybrid Petri nets, and finite capacity Petri nets, are introduced with their examples targeted at modeling the behavior of a microgrid. Coordination control of multiple distributed generators based on a Petri net model is proposed. Compared with multi-V/f control, the Petri net based control enables the system to operate with a longer stable time interval. Finally, a hybrid Petri net model is constructed to model both discrete event and continuous behaviors of an on-load tap changing transformer system. Compared with an algebraic method, the hybrid Petri net offers a clear and easy-to-understand method to describe such a system.



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