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NEEMO Networking for Excellence in Electric Mobility Operations

Goal: NEEMO aims steadily set in the Electric Mobility research, related integration of technologies, modes and operations within the MCAST Energy research Theme in Transportation from terrestrial to marine mobility and from heavy-duty vehicles to micro-mobility solutions. The issue of mobility and energy is more pregnant in geographic islands due to strong energy dependence on fossil fuel. Therefore, a Network for Excellence is created with two world-leading research institutions AIT (Austria) and CEA (France) and like Malta as a widening country with distinctive island, characteristics included Cyprus through the Nicosia Development Agency (ANEL) for social policy aspects and exchange of wider experiences.
The activities are mainly knowledge transfer and networking through a series of workshops, winter/summer schools, training programmes, internships, exchanges, meetings, mentoring, conferences and joint publications as well as research outputs, mostly targeted to early stage or aspiring researchers.
MCAST Energy is experiencing a self-funding growth within its breadth of energy research theme that leads on campus. In addition, the MCAST main campus infrastructure together with laboratories will be the first ‘living laboratories’ on the island, used for real-life applications while delivery training and research as well.
This TWINNING proposal will provide a stimulus of required knowledge to become more efficient and competitive to an international level of excellence. NEEMO is designed for all partners to benefit in a way that goes sustainably beyond the three-year funding period. This eventually will result in enhanced skills sets and profile of MCAST Energy which in turn reflect the positive development of Malta knowledge economy including its ambition as a regional energy hub, solar country, AI state and maritime hub.

Date: 1 December 2019 - 30 November 2022

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Vibhu Jately
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This paper investigates the efficacy of an optimized fuzzy logic controller for real-time swing-up control and stabilization to a rigidly coupled twin-arm inverted pendulum system. The proposed fuzzy controller utilizes Lyapunov criteria for controller design to ensure system stability. The membership functions are further optimized based on the entropy function. The controller design is based on the black-box approach, eliminating the need for an accurate mathematical model of the system. The experimental results shows an improvement in the transient and steady-state response of the controlled system as compared to other state-of-the-art controllers. The proposed controller exhibits a small settling time of 4.0 s and reaches the stable swing-up position within 5 oscillations. Various error indices are evaluated that validates an overall improvement in the performance of the system.
Somesh Bhattacharya
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Hybrid microgrids inertia controls have been dependent on rotating sources as reference for the frequency control for the network in the islanded mode. However, with the increasing share of static sources outnumbering the former type of generation, and the high R/X ratio of the interconnecting lines due to which proportional power sharing is hampered, the control strategy demands an augmentation. This paper proposes an inertial response strategy using the Takagi-Sugeno (T-S) Fuzzy logic based derivative control for the hybrid microgrids where static sources such as Photovoltaic systems (PVs) and the interlinking converters (ICs) lead the stability reference of the network followed by rotating sources, and the latter is also responsible for the proportional load sharing along with the static sources. The simulations performed on the hybrid microgrid demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed T-S Fuzzy logic based derivative controller for inertial response over the conventional proportional-derivative (P-D) controller, where the latter is generally used for obtaining an inertial response.
Somesh Bhattacharya
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A methodology for controlling the inertia of the interlinking converter of a hybrid AC-DC microgrid working in both grid connected and isolated modes, is presented in this paper. The DC microgrid system is a Photovoltaic Generator (PVG) and a battery based energy storage (BES) based system, with constant impedance loads. The purpose of the DC microgrid is to manage the power within the DC system and to provide the necessary inertial support to the AC system. For the control of the interlinking voltage source inverter, a DC link voltage based virtual inertia strategy is formulated, which is formed as a lead-lag compensator with the change in the DC link voltage as the input, and the frequency as the output. The proposed method serves a two-fold advantage as a unified controller, i.e., the requisite inertial response is provided, as the compensator is the outcome of the swing equation, and the same controller can act as a bus signalling control, therefore managing the power flow to the utility in the grid connected mode of operation. Time domain analysis of the microgrid system verifies the efficacy of the proposed approach for both power flow based on utility command, as well as inertial support in the isolated mode. The compensator tuning is achieved with the help of a small signal analysis of the cascaded inertial controller deployed.
Brian Azzopardi
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NEEMO aims steadily set in the Electric Mobility research, related integration of technologies, modes and operations within the MCAST Energy research Theme in Transportation from terrestrial to marine mobility and from heavy-duty vehicles to micro-mobility solutions. The issue of mobility and energy is more pregnant in geographic islands due to strong energy dependence on fossil fuel. Therefore, a Network for Excellence is created with two world-leading research institutions AIT (Austria) and CEA (France) and like Malta as a widening country with distinctive island, characteristics included Cyprus through the Nicosia Development Agency (ANEL) for social policy aspects and exchange of wider experiences.
The activities are mainly knowledge transfer and networking through a series of workshops, winter/summer schools, training programmes, internships, exchanges, meetings, mentoring, conferences and joint publications as well as research outputs, mostly targeted to early stage or aspiring researchers.
MCAST Energy is experiencing a self-funding growth within its breadth of energy research theme that leads on campus. In addition, the MCAST main campus infrastructure together with laboratories will be the first ‘living laboratories’ on the island, used for real-life applications while delivery training and research as well.
This TWINNING proposal will provide a stimulus of required knowledge to become more efficient and competitive to an international level of excellence. NEEMO is designed for all partners to benefit in a way that goes sustainably beyond the three-year funding period. This eventually will result in enhanced skills sets and profile of MCAST Energy which in turn reflect the positive development of Malta knowledge economy including its ambition as a regional energy hub, solar country, AI state and maritime hub.