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Title: Trans-oceanic Remote Power Hardware-in-the-Loop: Multi-site Hardware, Integrated Controller, and Electric Network Co-simulation

Electric system operators are increasingly concerned with the potential system-wide impacts of the large-scale integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) including voltage control, protection coordination, and equipment wear. This prompts a need for new simulation techniques that can simultaneously capture all the components of these large integrated smart grid systems. This paper describes a novel platform that combines three emerging research areas: power systems co-simulation, power hardware in the loop (PHIL) simulation, and lab-lab links. The platform is distributed, real-time capable, allows for easy internet-based connection from geographically-dispersed participants, and is software platform agnostic. We demonstrate its utility by studying real-time PHIL co-simulation of coordinated solar PV firming control of two inverters connected in multiple electric distribution network models, prototypical of U.S. and Australian systems. Here, the novel trans-pacific closed-loop system simulation was conducted in real-time using a power network simulator and physical PV/battery inverter at power at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO, USA and a physical PV inverter at power at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation's Energy Centre in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. This capability enables smart grid researchers throughout the world to leverage their unique simulation capabilities for multi-site collaborations that can effectively simulatemore » and validate emerging smart grid technology solutions.« less
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  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Newcastle, NSW (Australia)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1751-8687
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
IET Generation, Transmission, & Distribution
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 11; Journal Issue: 18; Journal ID: ISSN 1751-8687
Institution of Engineering and Technology
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO); USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; co-simulation; power hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL); hardware-in-the-loop (HIL); smart grid; simulation; solar inverter; control
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