Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

Frank Barnes

Second Advisor

Tim Brown

Third Advisor

Lijun Chen

Abstract

Microgrids play an important role in deployment of smart grids by providing means for integration of renewable sources in electrical grid, reducing carbon footprint as well as lessening the load on utility. As the smart grid is being deployed, the nodes participating in electrical grids are becoming "smarter", thus an effective communication network needs to be in place for exchange of information between these nodes. Self-organizing electric grid will help overcome faults, power outages and will facilitate in effective distribution of electricity. This thesis is investigates wireless communication network protocols and network design for intra as well as inter microgrid communication. This work also investigates a feasibility of exchange of electricity between microgrids and develops an algorithm to self-organize an electrical grid is also provided.

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