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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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Success Story: AVL List validates their E-Storage test equipment with HIL

Case Studies - AVL E-Storage (3)

Story Summary

  • AVL List GmbH uses Typhoon HIL test solutions in the agile development, prototyping, testing, and maintenance of firmware and hardware versions of their e-Storage BTE product portfolio.

  • AVL e-Storage BTE can act as a battery tester and battery emulator for testing and validating batteries, e-motors, and inverters in early development phases.

  • C-HIL reduces firmware development and testing time, and as a result speeds up the time-to market-for new features by enabling automated testing through all product variant cases.

  • HIL in one word: Agile.

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Success Story: Raytheon uses Typhoon HIL to Design and Test Otis Microgrid Controls

Posted by Debora Santo on Dec 17, 2020 5:24:29 PM
Microgrid Spotlight _ Otis National Guard Base Microgrid

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Testing Strategies for Building Decentralized Grids

Inverter ABB (Top) - Metodologies

Energy networks worldwide are evolving to become increasingly more decentralized, fueled by new developments in many sectors: Industry 4.0, Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), electric vehicles (EVs), and more. This means greater need for robust local control and storage systems to avoid dangerous disruptions or blackouts. These factors are driving innovation, particularly in two areas: new power electronic controllers for energy storage and DERs, and new system level control architectures that can control microgrids effectively in a wider range of conditions. 

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Why is a full microgrid control digital twin necessary in C-HIL?

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What is the challenge? 

The electric power systems are going through a transition that encompass digitalization, decentralization, and decarbonization. This will lead to more resilient power grids due to higher adoption of digital technologies, renewable power sources, and new battery storage systems. Everyone will benefit from the enhanced control, efficiency, and maintenance capabilities, but it all has to start from smart test-driven design. There is a need for integrated solutions to improve power system performance which will be data-based, so the systems are built with the end specs in mind and thoroughly tested throughout all possible test scenarios in an automated manner. 

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Success Story: Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute uses Typhoon HIL for smart inverter and distribution system testing

Posted by Boris Jovanovic on Oct 1, 2020 10:58:21 AM

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Typhoon HIL Champion – Mr. Hashimoto from National Institute in Fukushima

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

 

 

The Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology’s (AIST) Fukushima Renewable Energy Research Institute is one of the world's largest facilities for testing and evaluation of high-power power electronics converters. It’s mission and goals are similar to Sandia National Laboratories and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in US, and Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Europe.

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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
UNITEN Spotlight_FINAL

"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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Success Story: Honda R&D streamlined control development and testing with Typhoon HIL

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Story Summary:

 

  • HIL streamlined Honda R&D control development and testing.
  • Complexity of embedded systems requires more development effort and time. 
  • With an intuitive and easy-to-use interface, first-time HIL users can start simulating immediately.
  • Fast model compilation with HIL resulted in significantly reduced verification time.

At the Honda R&D power electronics development department, improving productivity, streamlining development, and shortening delivery time are essential. These are also the key reasons why Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) and model-based development (MBD) is attracting attention in control development. Why did Honda R&D Co., Ltd., a long-time user and advocate of HIL technology, choose Typhoon HIL?

We asked the person in charge at the development department.

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