PROJECT TITLE: EMS and Power Management for Microgrids in Ships Including Fault Detection
Collaborators: Australian Maritime Collage of University of Tasmania and National Kaohsiung Marine University, Taiwan.
Funding: Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia Scholarship and Universiti Malaysia Perlis.
The significant benefit in microgrids have attracted among the researchers in exploring the
effort of designing more efficient systems in control operation on grid connected or
islanding mode of operation. U.S. Department of Energy defined MICROGRID as “a group
of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources (DERs) with clearly defined with
respect to the grid and can connect and disconnect from the grid to enable it to operate in
both grid-connected or islanding modes”. As the concern for the environment pollution and
global warming, microgrid offers the solution to reduce the carbon emission. In maritime
transportation for instance, regulations regarding the limitation of carbon emission had
been highlight by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other regulatory
Similarly, the electrical distribution system in the maritime transport is more likely to the
microgrids operated in islanding mode. Thus by applying the microgrid to the ship is
compatible and quite relevant. In example: Concerning to have better power sharing and
balancing from the generators, the droop control technics are being applied in maritime
microgrids. Interestingly, applying the Energy Management System in maritime-microgids
is more exciting and challenging field to explore.
This research will be focused on the EMS for microgrids in the maritime transport in order
to monitor, control and coordinate the main electrical parts in maritime transport such as
diesel generator, electrical propulsion, energy storage, converters, controller and the
loads. Protection System in electrical system also will be focused on. The new propose for
energy management in the ship is expected to optimize the energy consumption and will
resulting electrical energy saving for the whole ship operational.
Publications in journals and conference papers may be found at VBN.