IEEE Power & Energy Magazine - May/June 2014 - 67

Powering Through
the Storm
Microgrids
Operation
for More
Efficient
Disaster
Recovery

By Chad Abbey,
David Cornforth,
Nikos Hatziargyriou,
Keiichi Hirose,
Alexis Kwasinski,
Elias Kyriakides,
Glenn Platt, Lorenzo
Reyes, and Siddharth
Suryanarayanan
Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/MPE.2014.2301514
Date of publication: 17 April 2014

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Disasters, whether natural or man-maDe,
compromise the quality of life for all involved. in such situations, expeditious recovery activities are deemed imperative
and irreplaceable for the restoration of normalcy. however,
recovery activities rely heavily on the critical infrastructures
that supply basic needs like electricity, water, information,
and transportation. when disasters strike, it is likely that the
critical infrastructures themselves are affected significantly,
hampering efficient recovery processes, thus presenting a
Catch-22 conundrum. in this article, we present examples
from different parts of the world where distributed energy
resources, organized in a microgrid, were used to provide
reliable electricity supply in the wake of disasters, allowing recovery and rebuilding efforts to occur with relatively
greater efficiency.

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