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HIL Testing is more than a process, it is part of the culture for Steven VanWerkhoven’s teams at Schneider Electric | Industry Spotlight Q&A

Posted by Debora Santo on Jul 22, 2021 9:33:34 AM

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Steven VanWerkhoven is the Director of Software Development at Scheinder Electric. He runs all the teams for power electronics controls, firmware, and software development and lifecycle maintenance - in short, the teams that develop everything that goes inside of Schneider Electric’s hybrid residential inverters.


In this interview, you will learn:

  • The main challenges of inverter control design, development, testing, and certification.
  • How does a C-HIL setup look like for hybrid inverter control testing.
  • How can test automation speed up inverter software update verification.
  • How can HIL speed up product development while improving product robustness and quality.

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Topics: Q&A, Schneider Electric, Industry Spotlight, HIL Tested

Meet the New HIL606 with Typhoon HIL CTO Dusan Majstorovic | Product Spotlight Q&A

Posted by Debora Santo on Jun 29, 2021 9:15:21 AM

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Dusan Majstorovic is the Chief Technology Officer at Typhoon HIL, and it is his role to oversee all technology and product development activities. He was involved in the development of Typhoon HIL’s solutions from the very beginning, mainly in the area of real-time devices and the programmable FPGA software approach that were pioneered in the early days of the company. In this blog, he will introduce to us the new HIL606 real-time device, the first 4th Generation HIL in the 6-series hardware device line.

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Topics: HIL, Product Spotlight, Q&A Interview

4 Lessons Learned from the Otis Microgrid Project | Project News

Posted by Paul Roege on Jun 8, 2021 5:09:11 PM

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Topics: Microgrids, controller hardware in the loop, HIL, Digital Twin, Resilience, Energy, microgrid testbed, power systems, BESS

ESTCP 2020 Project Award for Integrated Model-Based Design Process | Press Release

Posted by Jeff Jaglowicz on May 28, 2021 4:04:12 PM

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Typhoon HIL wins ESTCP contract to aid DOD with the future of microgrid design

 

The provision of secure, reliable, and resilient energy and water is critical to ensuring mission execution at our military installations. Over the last 8 years, the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) – DoD's environmental technology demonstration and validation program – has deployed innovative technologies designed to improve energy security, increase backup power reliability, and support critical loads during extended electrical grid outages. One of the most promising technologies in this sector is microgrids. These systems can reduce operating costs behind the meter and generate revenue by providing services to utilities and/or participating in energy markets.

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Topics: Microgrids, controller hardware in the loop, hardware in the loop, HIL, Resilience, advanced grid support functions, power systems, mbse

ARPA-E: Distributed Grid Control of Flexible Loads and DERs | Project News

Posted by Samantha Bruce and Debora Santo on May 27, 2021 5:34:47 PM

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Topics: Research Laboratories, Microgrids, C-HIL, DER, ARPA-E

Load Flow for a Better Way to Design Microgrids and Power Systems

Posted by Jeff Jaglowicz and Murilo Almeida on Apr 29, 2021 9:56:41 AM

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OpenDSS software integration brings power flow with a seamless transition to real-time, deterministic analysis.

 

In response to the DoD Digital Engineering Strategy (2018), the US Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) funded Typhoon HIL to demonstrate the Integrated Model-Based Design Process (IMBDP) for affordable, scalable, and resilient DoD installation microgrids.

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Topics: Microgrids, controller hardware in the loop, hardware in the loop, HIL, Resilience, advanced grid support functions, power systems, mbse

Success Story: Fuji Electric deploys Hardware in the Loop (HIL) for UPS Control Testing

Posted by Ivan Celanovic on Apr 22, 2021 12:21:08 PM

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Power Electronics System Energy Business Headquarters
Power Supply Equipment Development Department
Mr. Kazuyoshi Umezawa, Mr. Motohiro Tsukuta, Mr. Takuya Kimizu (from left to right)

 

Story Highlights

  • Application: Fuji Electric’s Kobe site uses the Typhoon HIL platform for their Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) development.
  • Challenge: To overcome the typical limitations of open-loop and offline simulations in the early product testing stage, as well as the limitations of the high-power tests in the late product testing stage.
  • Solution: The adoption of controller Hardware-in-the-Loop (C-HIL) made it easy to develop and debug new control software functionality, as well as verify the operation in cases that are difficult to reproduce in a high-power lab.
  • Result: Typhoon HIL reduced the time and cost of UPS control development and increased test coverage.
  • HIL Tested means quick reliable results with lower costs and higher flexibility.
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Topics: Research Laboratories, inverter controller, C-HIL, controller hardware in the loop, HIL, Energy, firmware design, controller design, HIL simulation, power systems, mbse, Success Story, BESS, UPS

Success Story: Hitachi ABB Pushes Limits of Testing e-mesh Controls with Typhoon HIL solutions

Posted by Samantha Bruce and Debora Santo on Apr 21, 2021 11:43:56 AM

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Story Highlights

  • Application: The e-mesh Control is designed for the seamless integration of renewables with traditional energy assets.
  • Challenge: Ensuring that multiple e-mesh controls communicate in a coordinated way.
  • Solution: Typhoon controller Hardware-in-the-Loop used to design and test e-mesh controls
  • Result: Typhoon HIL accelerated e-mesh control development time and increased test coverage.
  • HIL Tested means flexibility, reliability, optimized, and great performance.

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Topics: Microgrids, C-HIL, controller hardware in the loop, hardware in the loop, Digital Twin, advanced smart grid converters, model microgrids, microgrid hardware in the loop, microgrid testbed, power systems

Spotlight Q&A: Tilo Buehler, Global Product Manager, Grid Edge Solutions at Hitachi ABB

Posted by Samantha Bruce on Mar 16, 2021 12:48:52 PM

Spotlight Q&A - Hitachi ABB Power Grid (final)

Highlights

  • Hitachi ABB Power Grids needs to integrate various DERs and control multiple loads in a complex system environment.

  • Before HIL, Software in the Loop was used to develop control algorithms but a system using real controllers was needed to ensure the system works.
  • Controller Hardware-in-the-Loop (C-HIL) gives grid flexibility and adaptability to cover many test cases at an appropriate fidelity.
  • C-HIL can be used from early design phase all the way into operational performance and customer demonstration with factory acceptance testing.
  • For microgrids with BESS and solar PV, the seamless transition from grid connected to islanded mode was demonstrated using C-HIL.
  • “HIL Tested” for Hitachi ABB Power Grids means great performance.

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Topics: Microgrids, C-HIL, controller hardware in the loop, hardware in the loop, Digital Twin, advanced smart grid converters, model microgrids, microgrid hardware in the loop, microgrid testbed, power systems

Industry Spotlight: Hitachi ABB Power Grids E-mesh Solutions - Part 2

Posted by Samantha Bruce on Mar 9, 2021 10:04:15 AM

 

Highlights

  • Typhoon HIL solutions enable Hitachi ABB Power Grids to push the limits of testing product functionality to cover customer needs throughout entire product lifecycle.

  • Software in the Loop supports development of individual algorithms but a higher fidelity testing environment is needed to ensure the system works as a whole.
  • Controller Hardware-in-the-Loop is a combination of real hardware controllers interfaced with a real-time simulation of the power system.

  • Standard models in the Typhoon HIL microgrid library helped save 4-5 months in controller development and testing.

  • C-HIL technology increased test coverage in a low-cost environment which ensures great product performance and cost-savings for Hitachi ABB customers.

 

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Topics: Microgrids, C-HIL, controller hardware in the loop, hardware in the loop, Digital Twin, advanced smart grid converters, model microgrids, microgrid hardware in the loop, microgrid testbed, power systems

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