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

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

 

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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Industry Spotlight: Hitachi ABB Power Grids E-mesh Solutions - Part 1

Posted by Samantha Bruce on Mar 2, 2021 11:35:38 AM

 

Highlights

  • Decentralization, Decarbonization, and Digitalization are driving emerging technologies for distributed control of microgrid assets.
  • Hitachi ABB e-mesh is a vertically integrated system that manages and optimizes distributed energy resources from the device-level to systems control and IoT domain.
  • Microgrid control systems optimizes the flow of different assets to ensure the supply of electricity is stable and reliable.
  • A football arena in Norway uses Hitachi ABB e-mesh solutions to integrate renewables in the urban community with microgrids and energy storage capabilities.
  • Communication plays a key role in a distributed controls approach in which a high number of signals are transmitted and received between devices.

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Spotlight Q&A: UNITEN Nanogrids and BESS Systems Research with HIL

Posted by Samantha Bruce on Sep 16, 2020 3:47:53 PM
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"One of the advantages of HIL is that it is capable of real-time simulation. This will give us confidence in our model or our algorithm before the actual implementation of the nanogrid.

 

-Dr. Nadia Mei Lin Tan, Associate Professor at UNITEN

 

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Industry Spotlight Q&A: Powerstar Energy Management System

 

 

If we didn't have this, we'd be stuck using a platform that we couldn't change and therefore optimize. It really helps with confidence.

                                                                    -Solon Mardapittas, CTO of Powerstar

 

For this next spotlight, we got a chance to speak with Powerstar’s CTO, Solon Mardapittas, on developing Powerstar’s intelligent energy management system (EMS) with real-time Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) technology. 

Based in the UK, Powerstar’s integrated energy system combines its voltage optimization technology with energy storage solution. This not only secures power but lowers energy costs and provides demand side response services to the grid.

Here is the insightful interview with Solon Mardapittas on Powerstar’s rigorous quality assurance process for its leading-edge technology:

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Industry Spotlight Q&A: Schneider Electric Solar Business


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Industry Spotlight Q&A: Schneider Electric's AccuSine

 

For this next spotlight, we got a chance to travel on-site and meet the brilliant team behind Schneider Electric’s active harmonic filters division in the quiet town of Salem, Oregon. This division develops solutions for active harmonic filtering in industrial installations. 

Nicolas LaRue, global offer manager for Schneider Electric’s AccuSine products, talks about how Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) technology gives his customers peace of mind.

For the uninitiated, HIL is a model-based design and testing tool that simulates power electronics and power systems in real-time at ultra-high fidelity. It tests the actual controller which is directly interfaced with the model-based simulation. 

We also got to speak with Nanda Marwali, engineering manager, and John Batch, firmware engineer, on how Schneider used HIL to push the limits of their controller throughout the entire product lifecycle.

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Industry Spotlight Q&A: Austrian Institute of Technology

AIT smart grid converters

 

As Europe’s premiere research and technology organization, the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), bridges the gap between industry and research by utilizing innovative solutions to key infrastructure issues.

Zoran Miletic, Senior Research Engineer and Power Electronics Design specialist at AIT, talks about how AIT developed its powerful pre-certification toolbox to design and test smart grid converters for grid code compliance using controller Hardware-in-the-Loop (C-HIL) technology.

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Spotlight Q&A: Subhashish Bhattacharya from FREEDM Systems Center

Posted by Samantha Bruce on Jun 20, 2018 4:18:33 PM

Topics: Smart Inverters, Microgrids, C-HIL, controller hardware in the loop

  

“The Controller Hardware-in-the-Loop is a very important and required step before actual validation or implementation because we can take care of all the corner cases.”


At the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center at North Carolina State University, U.S. universities and industry partners focus on modernizing the electric grid using advanced power electronics.


As one of the founding faculty members at FREEDM System Center, Dr. Subhashish Bhattacharya’s research focuses on power electronics and power systems including DC Microgrids.


Dr. Bhattacharya discusses how Controller Hardware-in-the-Loop (C-HIL) reduced the cycle time of design, validation and testing of DC Microgrid controllers from academia to industry.

 

 

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Industry Spotlight Q&A: Tony Olivo and Preston Miller from FlexGen

FlexGen leads the energy storage industry worldwide with its breakthrough hybrid energy storage software and power conversion products for oil and gas, marine, and industrial power systems.

Their energy storage system was commissioned by power producer and retailer, Vista Energy, to build its 10-megawatt/42-megawatt-hour storage system, making it the largest battery in Texas.1

 Tony Olivo, Director of Engineering, and Preston Miller, firmware engineer at FlexGen, discuss how they used Typhoon HIL's integrated platform to test and verify the highest quality control system.

 

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