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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

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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Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.
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

Hitachi ABB e-mesh Controller Hardware in the Loop

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

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

Posted by Debora Santo on Dec 23, 2020 5:48:00 PM

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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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Topics: Smart Inverters, C-HIL, controller hardware in the loop, hardware in the loop, HIL, Energy, grid code compliance, advanced grid support functions, HIL simulation, EV

6 Reasons for Rapid Adoption of HIL Testing for Variable Frequency Drives

Posted by Ivan Celanovic on May 14, 2020 11:39:22 AM

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  • Software is becoming a key value generator for Variable Frequency Drives
  • New control algorithm development is driven by new motor designs, new semiconductor switches, and more powerful processors
  • System level interoperability requirements are constantly expanding
  • Modular power converter design has become a standard
  • Grid code compliance is becoming a requirement
  • Software lifecycle maintenance complexity is exploding
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Topics: C-HIL, controller hardware in the loop, hardware in the loop, HIL, Energy, smart grid converters, HIL simulation, motor drives, variable speed drives

4th Generation HIL: Built for the most advanced motor drive applications

Posted by Dusan Majstorovic on Apr 2, 2020 2:45:00 AM
  • Ultra-high fidelity redefined.
  • 200ns simulation time step.
  • 3.5 ns digital input sampling.
  • The most accurate 100kHz Dual-active bridge (DAB) model.
  • JMAG-RT FEM machine model import.
  • HIL connectivity exploded: USB3.0, Ethernet, GB/s serial link, JTAG, General Purpose IO (GPIO)

While automotive and aerospace industries have already adopted model based HIL testing, power electronics industry is only playing a catch up. The good news is that the 4th generation HIL is delivering the unprecedented model fidelity needed for the most advanced motor drives and automotive power electronics applications.

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Topics: C-HIL, controller hardware in the loop, HIL, smart grid converters, power electronics design, controller design, HIL simulation, motor drives

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