Building A Better Microgrid - Part II

Posted by Samantha Bruce and Doroteja Balaban on Sep 16, 2019 3:00:00 AM

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This article is the second in a series from the Microgrid Conference Panel 2019 – Making Sure Your Microgrid Will Work: Risk Reduction with Controller Hardware In the Loop (C-HIL) and Model-based Engineering

Qiang Fu, Regional Technology Manager at Eaton, was one of the panelists at the special session. He leads a research team to identify, develop, and validate technologies including microgrids, renewable energy, and power conversion.

He talked about the key challenges model-based system engineering and controller Hardware-in-the-Loop solves for microgrid development.

 

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Topics: Smart Inverters, C-HIL, controller hardware in the loop, hardware in the loop, Digital Twin, smart grid converters, grid code compliance, low voltage ride through, advanced smart grid converters, advanced grid support functions, model microgrids, microgrid hardware in the loop, microgrid testbed, power systems, mbse

Building A Better Microgrid - Part I

Posted by Doroteja Balaban and Samantha Bruce on Jul 29, 2019 4:36:28 PM

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This article is the first in a series from the Microgrid Conference Panel 2019 – Making Sure Your Microgrid Will Work: Risk Reduction with Controller Hardware In the Loop (C-HIL) and Model-based Engineering.

Paul Roege, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Typhoon HIL, introduced panelists from Schneider Electric, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Eaton, Raytheon and EPC Power. He adeptly described major problems with the current approach to microgrid development.

And how C-HIL and model-based engineering allows for a more integrated approach to microgrid design and testing throughout the entire project lifecycle.

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Topics: Smart Inverters, C-HIL, controller hardware in the loop, hardware in the loop, smart grid converters, grid code compliance, low voltage ride through, advanced smart grid converters, power electronics design, advanced grid support functions, model microgrids

Industry Spotlight Q&A: Powerstar Energy Management System

Posted by Samantha Bruce on Jul 22, 2019 1:04:01 PM

 

 

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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Topics: Smart Inverters, C-HIL, controller hardware in the loop, hardware in the loop, smart grid converters, grid code compliance, low voltage ride through, advanced smart grid converters, power electronics design, advanced grid support functions, model microgrids

The Ship is a Microgrid (Part II) - Why is this so hard to design and build?

Posted by Matt Baker on Jun 24, 2019 9:30:00 AM

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This is an extension of my previous blog relating a ship's power system to a microgrid - interconnected loads (propulsion, C4ISR, propulsion and auxiliary) and distributed energy resources (power generation, distribution and energy storage) acting as a controllable entity. I will be describing a layman’s perspective on digital engineering as it applies microgrid design, building, commissioning, operation and maintenance or lifecycle of a ship. 

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Topics: Microgrids, C-HIL, controller hardware in the loop, hardware in the loop, HIL, Shipboard Power Systems, Naval Microgrid, Miltary, Navy, Digital Twin

Industry Spotlight Q&A: Schneider Electric's Hybrid Solar Inverter/Charger

Posted by Samantha Bruce on Apr 25, 2019 1:05:18 PM
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Topics: Smart Inverters, C-HIL, controller hardware in the loop, hardware in the loop, smart grid converters, advanced smart grid converters, power electronics design, firmware design, controller design, HIL simulation

Industry Spotlight Q&A: Schneider Electric's AccuSine

Posted by Samantha Bruce on Apr 8, 2019 11:38:22 AM
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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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Topics: Smart Inverters, C-HIL, controller hardware in the loop, hardware in the loop, smart grid converters, advanced smart grid converters, power electronics design, firmware design, controller design, HIL simulation

Industry Spotlight Q&A: Austrian Institute of Technology

Posted by Samantha Bruce on Feb 21, 2019 6:00:28 PM

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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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Topics: Smart Inverters, C-HIL, controller hardware in the loop, hardware in the loop, smart grid converters, grid code compliance, low voltage ride through, advanced smart grid converters, power electronics design, advanced grid support functions, model microgrids

Spotlight Q&A: Subhashish Bhattacharya from FREEDM Systems Center

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

  

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

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

Posted by Samantha Bruce on May 17, 2018 9:09:06 AM

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

3 Solutions to Optimize DERs for Frequency Regulation in Microgrids

Posted by Samantha Bruce on May 3, 2018 3:09:55 PM

Frequency regulation is currently provided by large individual resources, such as coal plants and gas turbines. There is growing interest for utilizing power flexibility of DERs in microgrids for providing frequency regulation. Researchers, funded by ARPA-E, from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have developed a control framework for a microgrid that coordinates DERs for frequency regulation.

 

 


 

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Topics: Microgrids, C-HIL, DER, Energy, ARPA-E

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