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Special Session (SS04): Multi-lab Interconnections for Large-Scale Simulation and Hardware-in-the-Loop

Monday, 19 June 2017
16:50 - 18:30

Room 2.219/2.220

Organiser(s): Bryan Palmintier, NREL, USA; Antonello Monti, University of Aachen, Germany


Lab testing that couples power system simulation with actual hardware enables experimenting with equipment-grid-ICT interactions, including adverse conditions, without interfering with customers or critical infrastructure. As a result, numerous labs exist worldwide with related, but distinct capabilities. However, to test emerging grid challenges and technologies, it becomes increasingly important to link multiple facilities to conduct large-scale integrated experiments that can both utilize unique capabilities and equipment, and emulate large-scale interconnected grids. This panel will explore past and on-going efforts in this space, and also highlight a related key outcome of these links: stronger collaboration and knowledge sharing between participants.

Presentations and Speakers

1. “International Lab-Lab Links with RWTH Aachen University” by Antonello Monti, University of Aachen, Germany

2. “International and inter-state lab links for Smart-Grid Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulations at NREL” by Bryan Palmintier, NREL, USA

3. “The important role of research infrastructures in context of smart grid technology development, validation, and roll-out” by Thomas Straßer and Georg Lauss, AIT, Austria

4. “Using the experimental facility SYSLAB for investigations of control and operation of integrated energy systems in HIL and multi-site configurations” by Henrik W. Bindner, DTU, Denmark

5. “Real-time Inter-lab links for high performance integration” by Rob Hovsapian, INL, USA


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