A Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) microgrid testbed for the evaluation and assessment of microgrid operation and control is presented in this paper. The HIL testbed is composed of a Real-Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) for modeling of the microgrid, multiple National Instruments (NI) CompactRIOs for Intelligent Electronic Device (IED) control, a prototype Energy Management System (EMS), and a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system (SCADA). The implementation of the system level control and communication is described, and testing results are presented to demonstrate the functionality of the proposed HIL microgrid testbed and microgrid controller.
Bailu Xiao; Michael Starke; Dan King; Philip Irminger; Andrew Herron; Ben Ollis; Yaosuo Xue, 2016 IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT), 6 - 9 Sept. 2016
KEYWORDS: Microgrids, switches, energy management, voltage control, testing, monitoring