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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

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  • 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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Testing Strategies for Building Decentralized Grids

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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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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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