Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2017.

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Maryam Khanbaghi


Energy security and the aging grid infrastructure in the United States are two important subjects at the crossroads between politics and technology. One proposed solution to these two issues revolves around the concept of an isolated microgrid. Isolated microgrids are becoming increasingly popular combining multiple energy generation and storage systems to diversify and secure their private energy portfolios. The work presented in this thesis applies jump linear quadratic control to the energy management of an isolated microgrid operating with solar generation, fuel cell, and battery energy storage system. A continuous finite state Markov chain is used to model the intermittent generation of the solar array. The microgrid’s energy management state-space is formulated, optimal feedback gains are calculated through a numerical algorithm, and results from an example system illustrate the validity of the proposed approach.