Author(s) Information

Phillip PhungFollow


Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering




William L. Ahlgren


Power plant generators have quality protection over long-range transmission, but localized generation interacts with multiple power sources, and needs maintenance to ensure grid safety. Localized and distributed generation must solve these issues to remain viable economically and efficiently in power industries. Cal Poly’s Building 20 provides on-campus location to interconnect renewable generation with interconnection disconnect capabilities.

Cal Poly’s grid includes three localized generators flowing through the Cal Poly substation. Unlike other universities which use power from utilities across distant transmission lines, Cal Poly generates energy using onsite generators. Research including additional possible sites of power generation helps determine the effects on campus power distribution. Better analysis of facilities capable of lab voltage distribution systems (LVDS) combined with studies of nanogrid interconnections ensures better comprehension of microgrid technologies.

Available for download on Wednesday, March 18, 2020