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DC Microgrid for commercial and industrial applications

The future of dc microgrids in a nutshell

In this session Together with the expertise of University of Genova, we understand how dc microgrids will play their role in the next decade. Research activities based on application cases are speeding up the market adoption even through real time simulations

Microgrids are the answer for a more sustainable, resilient and digital energy. This power system concept represents the evolution of the new electrical distribution based on distributed energy resources in commercial buildings and industrial plants. Within microgrid projects, there is a continuously increase of use cases where DC technology is used. Thanks to the contribution from the University of Genova, we will discover more on how the research is supporting this market trend, from simulations at labs to on-field applications. Common DC bus implementations, protection based on solid state innovations, advanced selectivity techniques are just few examples on how microgrid facilities leverage on DC solutions. As a result of this energy revolution, the current war from Tesla and Edison will come back as mainstream topic.


List of content:

  • Introduction on what a Microgrid is and how it fits in DC
  • Why ABB collaborates with UniGE and Research activity trend​
  • Discussion about protection and selectivity strategies in a DC microgrid enveroiment​
  • Pilot project experience: Example of the lab at UniGE with real time simulations

Target audience:

  • Designers
  • System Integrators
  • EPC’s
  • Installer/PB
  • ABB technical Promotion
  • ABB application specialists


Fabio Monachesi

Digital Offering and Microgrid Application Leader - ABB

Federico Silvestro

Full Professor at DITEN - University of Genoa