Power-Hardware-in-the-Loop (PHIL) simulation is an advanced tool that can support the higher integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) to electricity grids. This paper provides an introduction to PHIL simulation and demonstrates its applicability in the domain of DER by presenting representative
applications. A description of the facility at NTUA is provided focusing on the Power Interface for PHIL simulation, the laboratory microgrid and the Multi-Agent System. A PHIL experiment is performed, where Hardware PV panels and a PV inverter are connected to a simulated rural distribution network. An
irradiation sensor provides input to simulated PVs in order to achieve realistic conditions. Steady-state and dynamic simulations (i.e. solar irradiation drop) are performed, where the voltages of the different buses of the distribution network are monitored.
Kotsampopoulos, Panos & Kapetanaki, A. & Messinis, Georgios & Kleftakis, Vasilis & Hatziargyriou, Nikos. (2013). A PHIL facility for microgrids. International Journal of Distributed Energy Resources, Technology & Science Publishers, ISSN 1614-7138. Vol. 9. 89‐104.
KEYWORDS: distributed generation, microgrids, Power-Hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) simulation, photovoltaics, RTDS, rural network, voltage control