Agile Interconnected Microgrids (AIM) is a multidisciplinary research center with a broad research goal of solving future, long-term technical challenges of our Nation’s energy objective through microgrid modeling, control, and optimization. AIM has many research threads all focused towards achieving a single goal – scalable and flexible energy resource planning and execution for military and commercial sectors. The areas of research include; stability, optimization and control, cyber security, economics, intelligent power electronics, and human factors.
Agile microgrids of the future will efficiently use stochastic generation, stochastic loads, and minimal energy storage to deliver power in both structured and unstructured environments. Their intelligent, multimode use of vehicles, high penetration of renewable sources, and system-level efficiency offer the promise of reducing fossil-fuel consumption. The purpose of the Center for Agile Interconnected Microgrids is to 1) develop technology and trained engineers for the design, deployment, and operation of agile microgrids with high penetration renewables, both fixed and mobile assets and the ability to interconnect within a cyber-secure framework; 2) curriculum development and commercial research that educates engineers with skills to solve energy-related, interdisciplinary problems and design next-generation systems; and 3) Commercialize IP developed at Michigan Tech to field microgrid and cyber security applications.
AIM has researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Department of Computer Science at Michigan Technological University.