By treating a hybrid vehicle as a microgrid, it has the ability to exploit interconnection strategies for plug-and-play integration with deployed microgrids while being a mobile, energy exchange system between disconnected power grids. Research is focused on optimization and control of microgrids that have a significant penetration of vehicles that can be loads, sources, or energy storage devices.
- Exploiting tradeoffs between high power plug-in vehicles, storage and renewable penetration
- Optimal storage state of charge for mobile/vehicular microgrids
- Vehicle design impact on grid connectivity
- Use of military hybrids for FOB microgrid deployment
- Distributed control strategies for plug-in hybrid charging for more manageable grid load
- Information transfer between vehicles and grid (smartgrids)