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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Building A Better Microgrid - Schneider Electric Microgrids

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This article is the third 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

Andy Haun, CTO of Schneider Electric’s microgrid business, was one of the panelists at the Microgrid Conference 2019. He has led many key product development and technical innovations at Schneider Electric to simplify and enable effective grid-edge solutions including battery-based energy storage with highly-efficient inverters for distributed energy resources.

Andy talked about how Schneider Electric used model-based system engineering and microgrid Hardware-in-the-Loop testing for designing and testing power systems controls.

 

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Building A Better Microgrid - Eaton Microgrids

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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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Building A Better Microgrid - Risk Reduction with C-HIL and Model-based Engineering

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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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