Distribution grids are subjected to changes such as the increasing participation of distributed energy resources (DER), segmentation of the grid (for example into microgrids), and increasing participation of prosumers. This poses significant challenges with respect to stability and control. It becomes attractive to employ DC distribution systems since they have several advantages to AC distribution systems. DC distribution grids do not require the synchronization or reactive power governance, and do not have issues with harmonic and inrush currents. Moreover, the interconnection of dc (micro)grids is significantly simpler. Furthermore, dc distribution grids are also foreseen to have advantages over ac in terms of efficiency, distribution lines, and converters.
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