Cyber-physical test platform for microgrids: Combining hardware, hardware-in-the-loop, and network-simulator-in-the-loop

Austin Nelson, Sudipta Chakraborty, Dexin Wang, Pawan Singh, Qiang Cui, Liuqing Yang, Siddharth Suryanarayanan

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Abstract

This paper presents a cyber-physical testbed, developed to investigate the complex interactions between emerging microgrid technologies such as grid-interactive power sources, control systems, and a wide variety of communication platforms and bandwidths. The cyber-physical testbed consists of three major components for testing and validation: real time models of a distribution feeder model with microgrid assets that are integrated into the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) power hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) platform; real-time capable network-simulator-in-the-loop (NSIL) models; and physical hardware including inverters and a simple system controller. Several load profiles and microgrid configurations were tested to examine the effect on system performance with increasing channel delays and router processing delays in the network simulator. Testing demonstrated that the controller's ability to maintain a target grid import power band was severely diminished with increasing network delays and laid the foundation for future testing of more complex cyber-physical systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2016
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781509041688
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 10 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2016 - Boston, United States
Duration: Jul 17 2016Jul 21 2016

Publication series

NameIEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting
Volume2016-November
ISSN (Print)1944-9925
ISSN (Electronic)1944-9933

Other

Other2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2016
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period7/17/167/21/16

Keywords

  • Cyber-physical
  • Distribution feeder
  • Microgrid
  • Network-simulator-in-the-loop
  • OMNeT++
  • Opal-RT
  • Power hardware-in-the-loop
  • Real time
  • Testbed

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