Design considerations for campus micro-grid: MCAST Case Study
Garcia Lopez, Francisco de Paula
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This paper aims to propose design considerations to transform the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) current and future planned electrical network system into an efficient micro-grid. MCAST is a young higher education and research institution with its campus developing to a state-of-the-art campus with a vision to establish a living laboratory for training and research. During this study, consumption of electrical loads and photovoltaic (PV) generation have been monitored in real-time to define the micro-grid concept. These measurements provide the values to integrate a combined 63kWp PV system together with intelligent loads such as heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, and lighting, highlighting the integration capabilities. In addition, the future enlargement of the MCAST micro-grid is considered and recommendations are given on the infrastructure to complete an integral campus wide transformation. Eventually the 3DMgrid would be a blueprint for future micro-grids for training and research purposes.