Microgrid HIL Real-Time Simulation

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Leading the Way in Microgrid Testing

Microgrids pose unique challenges over traditional power grids: variable topologies, complex control and protection systems, an array of communication protocols and the need to interoperate multivendor equipment. These challenges make field testing complex and risky, so the IEEE 2030.8-2018 standard recommends Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) and Power Hardware-in-the-Loop (PHIL) testing for the development, validation, and integration of microgrid control and protection systems. With HIL, you can test and optimize devices prior to release and installation, accelerate R&D and integration, and demonstrate proofs of concept.



As a pioneering leader in Power Systems Simulation working with world leading Utilities for over three decades, we have helped deploy cutting-edge microgrid simulation projects globally. Always at the cutting-edge, our solutions simulate the systems required for any level of microgrid control, whether it’s at Real-Time or accelerated.






Hardware-in-the loop and Power Hardware-in-the loop Made for Microgrids

OPAL-RT’s HIL and PHIL advanced and entry-level systems allow engineers and researches to design and validate their models, perform power grid studies, and emulate AC or DC grids to test power devices under realistic conditions, among others.

Why Choose OPAL-RT?

Unmatched Connectivity

Connect to nearly every control device via low-voltage analog and digital I/O modules, and industrial communication protocols.

Efficient Co-Simulation

Use multiple solvers simultaneously on the same real-time simulator using one or more processors and FPGA.

Test Fast DER Controllers

Test high-frequency DER controllers combining sub-μs EMT simulation with a low-latency simulator architecture and fast I/Os.

Emulate Devices Virtually

Emulate additional control and protection devices virtually with our rich device and protocol libraries.

HIL Simulation and The Future of Grid and Microgrid Controls with Renewables

Watch the present and future research on grid and microgrid controls with renewables and the importance of HIL in development and validation. Learn about the functions of new control systems, their architectures, different setups for their testing, and the trends in the HIL based validation.

















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Microgrid PHIL Test Bench

Universities around the world are rapidly adopting PHIL technology to their research laboratories, providing a major advantage to their students and researchers. However, the complexity, time, and high costs for them to create their own test bench remains a challenge.

Backed by over 20 years of experience working with the industry and top research laboratories in the world, OPAL-RT has developed the most complete Microgrid PHIL Test Bench. The test bench is ideal for any type of microgrid application research, by allowing users to have hands-on experience by testing real components in various operating conditions.

SOFTWARE PLATFORMS

Fully integrated with MATLAB/ Simulink®, RT-LAB enables Simulink models to interact with real world in real time. This makes RT-LAB ideal for engineers to rapidly develop and validate their applications in real time, regardless of their complexity.

With its efficient signal processing and powerful test automation capabilities, HYPERSIM helps engineers to model their microgrid simulation project in one tool. Run accelerated simulations for in depth EMT analysis on their personal computer and going to real-time for large-scale Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) testing.

Simulator Platforms

OPAL-RT offers a wide range of simulator platforms to meet all current industry needs and forthcoming challenges. All simulators are based on a modular and flexible design, and are fully customizable and expandable for specific I/O requirements.

OP4510

Where Price Meets Performance

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OP5650XG

Versatile Real-Time Simulator

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OP5707XG

Flagship Real-Time Simulator

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OP5033XG

Brute Force Computing

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Microgrid Real-Time Simulation

While microgrids and their Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) offer operational and economic benefits, they differ substantially from traditional power grids bringing challenges currently being addressed by utilities, equipment providers, system integrators and academics. As with other electrical systems, field testing of microgrid products and integrated systems on live grids can be risky. For these reasons, many microgrid applications are well suited to Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) and Power Hardware-in-the-Loop (PHIL) testing.

Discover how OPAL-RT strives to help engineers employ these types of Real-Time Simulation for their microgrid projects, recognizing the power of HIL and PHIL.








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