This chapter aims to present an overview of the distributed generation (DG) units, involving their principles and techniques. In the first part, the different DG technologies are presented, ranking DGs based on their kind of technology used to generate electricity. In the second part, optimal allocation of DGs and their impact on distribution networks are evaluated. Finally, DG management is treated, considering a scenario with smart grids and the use of demand-side management (DSM) techniques, covering smart homes and industrial environments. Along the chapter, case studies are presented to validate the proposed techniques.
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