When Artech House authors write their books, we ask them what they want their readers to get out of the project. In this series, we show you what our authors, in their own words, wish to impart upon readers. Federico Delfino, author of Microgrid Design and Operation for Smart Cities, describes what his book is about:
The start of a new age: renewable energy and smart cities
The book is conceived as an operative reference manual for the design, installation and day-by-day management of microgrids. Particular attention is focused on control strategies related to systems grid-connected or operated in islanded mode and the issue of the environmentally sustainable supply of urban, commercial and industrial districts/neighborhoods is also carefully presented and discussed.
From Microgrids to Smart Cities
The book is focused on the concept of “microgrid”, an intelligent energy system made of generators of different zero or low-carbon technologies – renewables, batteries, combined cooling, heating and power units – that is typically managed by a central brain, which optimize production and consumption in order to minimize daily operational costs and CO2 emissions. The book explains how to size production systems, how to exploit to the best renewable sources and how to develop and implement control strategies aimed at operating the microgrid as a stand-alone energy island with no connection to classical energy infrastructures. The authors try to give a picture as well of the possible future evolution of the energy system, in light of the deployment in several parts of the world of “Smart City” urban regeneration processes, which strongly rely on the implementation of Sustainability measures to increase citizens’ life quality.
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