The 2019 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting will be held in Atlanta, GA. The GM attracts professionals from every segment of the electric power industry. It features a comprehensive technical program with paper presentations, poster and panel sessions, a number of technical tours, a student program and companion activities. This year’s technical theme is Expect Uncertainty | Prepare to Adapt.

Come see us at our Hospitality Suite!

Join us at IEEE PES GM 2019, on the Outdoor Terrace of the Hilton Atlanta Hotel, as of 6:30 PM on Tuesday August 6th & Wednesday August 7th to experience our Bohemian-themed Garden Party and meet the OPAL-RT team!

Come see us in our Hospitality Suite to meet our OPAL-RT experts, network with international IEEE PES attendees, and view live demos, all while enjoying appetizers, cocktails and entertainment.

Our specialists will demonstrate our solutions for Microgrid, Cybersecurity, Traveling Wave, Wide-Area Management System, and our simulation system HYPERSIM on demand.

Relive your favorite IEEE PES GM 2018 moments!

Microgrid Testbench

The demo shows a microgrid connected to a 615 node three-phase distribution network. The microgrid consists of several DERs including a wind turbine, a solar PV plant, controllable loads  and uncontrollable loads and a battery energy storage system (BESS) that balances the power generation and load in islanded mode of operation. The inverter of the BESS is simulated on the FPGA at a much lower time step (1µs) and is controlled via an Imperix Boombox controller which is externally connected to the OPAL RT real time simulator using PWM digital input and analog output channels. Faults on the inverter ( e.g. switch open circuit failure and switch short-circuit failure) are simulated to study the response of the inverter controller. 

Profiles for the solar irradiation, wind speed and load are applied to test the response of the microgrid controller. Faults on the distribution network are also studied, with the response of the microgrid at the point of interconnection (POI) and the individual DERs is observed.


Syed Qaseem Ali got his B. Engg. Degree from NED University of Technology, Karachi and his MS in Electrical Engineering Power and Control from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago in 2010. He obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in the area of integrated battery charger design for electric vehicles in 2018. He joined OPAL RT Technologies in the January 2017 and currently is a lead simulation expert for the Transmission & Distribution and DER team in the Application eXpertise and Electrical Simulation (AXES) division.

Before joining McGill he worked as a Research Engineer at King Saud University, Riyadh. His current research interests include microgrid controls, DER integration, and power electronic converters for renewable energy applications.

Presented by:

Syed Qaseem Ali
Team Leader T&D-DER
Application eXpertise and Electrical Simulation  (AXES) Division

Deriving from the BANSHEE network model created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory to integrate and systematically evaluate advanced functionalities of microgrid, and downstream device controllers, the GHOST model was further developed by NREL to be enhanced with new features used during procurement including development of smart DER’s model, development of automated testing, data acquisition and postprocessing as well as sufficient documentations. This benchmark model is implemented on Opal-RT latest Real Time Simulator (RTS) OP5707 platform with eMEGAsim power system simulation tool. Besides, LABVIEW interface is used to mimic the real DSO environment and newly released datalogger feature in RT-LAB is used to achieve high-resolution simulation results.


Fei Gao achieved his B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Wuhan University of Technology at 2010 and achieved B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University at 2012. He joined Opal-RT Technologies at 2012, currently taking position as Integration Validation & Verification (IVV) specialist. He has been involved in many research and industry real-time simulation and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) projects addressing micro-grid, renewable energy, MMC, etc. 

Presented by:

Fei Gao
Integration, Verification and Validation (IVV) Specialist

This demonstration of a Cyber-Physical System Real-Time Simulation involves a microgrid subjected to cyber attacks. An OPAL-RT Real-Time Simulator is used to co-simulate a microgrid system, including its distributed energy resources (DERs), power converters, and loads modeled in HYPERSIM. A simple microgrid controller is programmed on an industrial automation controller. The microgrid system and controller are connected via IEC 61850 GOOSE messages in order to transmit measurements and commands. A high-fidelity communication network emulator, SCALABLE’s EXata CPS software, simulates the underlying communication fabric of electrical grids and tests the cyber resilience of such systems. Using EXata CPS, command and measurement signals between the controller and microgrid are subjected to cyber attacks causing unexpected behavior within the system. In summary, this is a novel example using high-fidelity off-the-shelf tools to co-simulate electric power grids and industrial communication networks in Real-Time for Cyber-Physical System simulation, allowing for the creation of rich scenarios for advanced Cybersecurity studies.


Etienne Leduc received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Bremen University of Applied Sciences in 2013 and joined the R&D department of OPAL-RT in April of the same year. After having worked in the protection field and IEC 61850 with HYPERSIM for a year, Etienne focused on providing services for the growing number of HYPERSIM customers. Etienne was promoted to Product Owner of HYPERSIM in May 2015, and has since been dedicated to planning and designing the software suite’s evolution and development with the end-user in mind at all times.

Presented by:

Étienne Leduc
Product Manager for HYPERSIM®

Traveling Wave

An FPGA-based HIL testing solution for Traveling Wave Fault Locators

This case-study is to demonstrate how to use the Real-Time Simulator (RTS) to perform Hardware-In-the-Loop testing of the latest Traveling Wave Fault Locators. The model of a power system network including a long transmission line simulated as a Frequency Dependent line is executed in real-time on FPGA at a time step of hundreds of nanoseconds. Low-power analog signals are sampled at 1MHz from the RTS and injected to two SEL-T400L relays. Various fault scenarios are applied to test the TW87 fault locating algorithms.


Shijia Li received her Bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University, China in 2012 and Master’s degree from McGill University, Canada in 2015, both in the field of power engineering. She joined OPAL-RT since March 2015 where her work focuses on power system modeling and real-time simulation applications with protective relays and PMUs. Shijia is actively involved in developing technical solutions and providing advanced trainings to help users better utilize real-time simulation technique for exploring latest P&C and smart grid technologies.

Presented by:

Shijia Li
Team Leader Protection Systems
(AXES) Division

HYPERSIM on Demand

Cloud-based solutions for power systems simulation
For almost a year now, OPAL-RT has been the first to offer a cloud-based solution for power systems simulation using

HYPERSIM On Demand, a simulation platform to accelerate EMT simulation before going to real-time. The solution takes advantage of the parallel execution capabilities of HYPERSIM and enables you to test on multiple cloud simulators.

Engineers have become familiar with deploying simulations locally, and they now have the option of deploying these in almost infinite parallel processors online.


  • Use only what you need, when you need it, with commitment-free pay-as-you-go pricing.
  • Run models and scenarios on your virtual simulators, then use your own real-time simulators for HIL testing.
  • Extend your model simulation abilities by as much as required, for as long as required.


Pierre Boissonneault received his Bachelor’s degree from ETS - École de technologies Supérieure, Montreal in 1986 in the field of computer engineering. Pierre has an extensive experience  in the product management and marketing of various simulation software. He joined OPAL-RT in December 2011 where her works as an account manager USA and also worked 4 years at the OPAL-RT European subsidiary as a business unit manager. Since, 2018, Pierre is acting as product marketing manager in the product office.

Presented by:

Pierre Boissonneault
Product Marketing Manager


Wide-Area Management System closed-loop testing with ePHASORsim

This example shows how ePHASORsim can be used to simulate large-scale power systems and to test Wide-Area Monitoring and Control applications. The IEEE 118-bus system is simulated using ePHASORsim when voltage and current measurements are sent out as C37.118 messages to GE PhasorPoint and PhasorController applications. According to the system dynamics, load shedding/connecting commands are issued by the controller and sent back to the simulation through IEC 61850 GOOSE messages. In this way, we can perform closed-loop testing of synchrophasor-based Wide Area Management systems.


Vahid Jalili-Marandi, received his Ph. D. degree in energy systems from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, in 2010 and joined OPAL-RT Technologies where he founded developments of ePHASORSIM as the real time transient stability simulation tool. Currently, he is leading ePHASORSIM’s development team. His research interests include transient stability studies and modeling, real-time simulations, parallel processing, and high performance computing on GPUs.

Presented by:

Vahid Jalili-Marandi 
Team Leader, ePHASORSIM

Are you interested in working at OPAL-RT?

On Wednesday, August 7th from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Join us at the luncheon and by participating in the student job fair to learn more about job opportunities at OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES.

Sarah Bricout
Talent Acquisition, Human Resources

Shijia Li
Team Leader Protection Systems
(AXES) Division

Visit our career page on our website to know more! 

Prize Draw

Pass by our demo stations for a chance to win a prize!

You will have a passport. Complete your passport information and receive a stamp at every demo station you visit in the tent for a chance to win a prize, such as a Drone & PlayStation (prizes are subject to change) !

Thank You To Our Sponsors

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Plan Your Visit

Our representatives will be available in our Hospitality Suite to answer your questions. 

Contact us to schedule a personalized demo before, during or after the conference.