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HIL Tested Case Study: Induction Motor Drive for Mining Automation with Indrivetec AG

Posted by Debora Santo and Sergio Costa on Jun 24, 2020 3:25:24 PM

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The case study featured here is a 3 MW doubly fed induction motor (DFIM) drive used for mining applications. The DFIM drive controls were designed, built, and tested by Indrivetec AG, at the request of CSE-Uniserve. Indrivetec AG is a Zurich-based power electronics, drives, and energy storage company and is an early adopter of Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) technology with a research lab primarily based on HIL for control design and testing.

The stator of this motor is connected to the medium voltage grid, and the rotor is connected to a liquid resistor of the system integrator CSE-Uniserve and an Indrivetec Insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) converter. Here, the resistor is used for starting and running at a constant speed, while the converter is used for variable speed operation.

 

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Topics: C-HIL, HIL, DER, power electronics design, HIL simulation, variable speed drives

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

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

4 ways Controller Hardware in the Loop and Model-Based Engineering are Reducing Risk

Posted by Ivan Celanovic on May 21, 2019 3:48:37 PM

 

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Industry 4.0 is dawning, and digitalization, decarbonization, and decentralization (aka D3) are fueling the electric grid (r)evolution. D3, in turn, creates opportunities for immense value creation, but invokes new technologies and design concepts, and change brings risk.

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Topics: Microgrids, inverter controller, controller hardware in the loop, HIL, Resilience, Energy

7 Reasons why HIL Tested is becoming ubiquitous

Posted by Ivan Celanovic on Dec 6, 2018 3:18:34 PM

As the industrial revolution 4.0 is dawning on us, the digitalization of the utility grid and more broadly digitalization of our complete energy system is inevitable.  While digitalization brings massive opportunities for value creation, it also brings significant challenges.

Considering the cyber-physical nature of the future grid, where massive amounts of sensors, communications, embedded computing, embedded controllers, and cloud software will dominate the operation and performance, industry leaders are embracing new design, test, deployment and life cycle maintenance processes based on model based engineering and more specifically model based testing.

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Topics: Microgrids, inverter controller, controller hardware in the loop, HIL, Resilience, Energy

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

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

Posted by Matt Baker on Aug 8, 2017 4:48:21 PM

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Shipboard Microgrid

The ship is a microgrid with interconnected loads (propulsion, C4ISR, propulsion and auxiliary) and distributed energy resources (power generation, distribution and energy storage) acting as a controllable entity. This is not a new concept. However, it is one that is taking on far greater significance with the increasing electrification and computerized control of naval and merchant marine ships.


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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

Digitalization of Microgrids and Electrical Distribution Networks

Posted by Nikola Fischer Celanovic on May 15, 2017 1:00:27 PM

Distribution grids of the future will be much more dynamic than they are today. The key drivers for this are the decentralized generation largely driven by exponential technology adoption of intermittent renewable sources like solar and wind, battery storage, as well as highly dynamic power electronics converters, and smart relays. Additionally, the resilience considerations against cyber-attacks and natural events call for a more decentralized control architecture, i.e. cellular design of the distribution grids-one in which parts of the grid can both operate as independent islands and control their own voltage and frequency, as well as operate as integral part of the large grid.

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Topics: Microgrids, controller hardware in the loop, Virtual HIL, HIL, DER

6 lessons learned from the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Microgrid Symposium that will make your next microgrid project a breeze

Posted by Ivan Celanovic on Mar 3, 2017 3:45:20 PM

At the Microgrid & DER Controller Symposium 2017, the brainchild of Erik Limpaecher from the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the ultra-high fidelity controller Hardware in the Loop (HIL) was in the spotlight, and it was glowing. It won the hearts and minds of all power engineers present.

At the workshop center stage, the real, unadulterated industrial microgrid controllers—from Eaton, GE, SEL, and Schneider—were in action. They were directly interfaced and controlling the Microgrid Controller HIL Testbed running real-time simulation comprising 3 feeders with 24 busses, one diesel generator, one natural gas generator with combined heat an power, battery storage, PV inverter, and numerous loads.  

 

 

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Topics: Microgrids, controller hardware in the loop, Virtual HIL, HIL, DER

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