Controller HIL testing of real-time distributed frequency control for future power systems

E. Guillo-Sansano, M.H. Syed, A.J. Roscoe, G. Burt, Mark Stanovich, Karl Schoder

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With the evolution of power system components and structures driven mainly by renewable energy technologies, reliability of the network could be compromised with traditional control methodologies. Therefore, it is crucial to thoroughly validate and test future power system control concepts before
deployment. In this paper, a Controller Hardware in the Loop (CHIL) simulation for a real-time distributed control algorithm concept developed within the ELECTRA IRP project is performed. CHIL allows exploration of many real-world issues such as noise, randomness of event timings, and hardware design issues that are often not present on a simulation-only system. Octave has been used as the programming language of the controller in order to facilitate the transition between software simulation and real-time control testing. The distributed controller achieved frequency restoration with a collaborative response between different controllers very fast after the unbalanced area is located.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference Europe (ISGT-Europe)
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781509033584
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2016
EventIEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies, Europe - Cankarjev dom – Congress Centre Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 9 Oct 201612 Oct 2016


ConferenceIEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies, Europe
Abbreviated titleIEEE ISGT 2016
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  • distributed control
  • CHIL
  • frequency control
  • real-time simulation
  • octave

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