Cyber-Physical Modeling of Distributed Resources for Distribution System Operations

Spyros Chatzivasileiadis, Marco Bonvini, Javier Matanza, Rongxin Yin, Thierry S. Nouidui, Emre C. Kara, Rajiv Parmar, David Lorenzetti, Michael Wetter, Sila Kiliccote

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Cosimulation platforms are necessary to study the interactions of complex systems integrated in future smart grids. The Virtual Grid Integration Laboratory (VirGIL) is a modular cosimulation platform designed to study interactions between demand-response (DR) strategies, building comfort, communication networks, and power system operation. This paper presents the coupling of power systems, buildings, communications, and control under a master algorithm. There are two objectives: first, to use a modular architecture for VirGIL, based on the functional mockup interface (FMI), where several different modules can be added, exchanged, and tested; and second, to use a commercial power system simulation platform, familiar to power system operators, such as DIgSILENT PowerFactory. This will help reduce the barriers to the industry for adopting such platforms, investigate and subsequently deploy DR strategies in their daily operation. VirGIL further introduces the integration of the quantized state system (QSS) methods for simulation in this cosimulation platform. Results on how these systems interact using a real network and consumption data are also presented.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the IEEE
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)789-806
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • smart power grids
  • cyber-physical systems
  • demand side management
  • distribution networks
  • power system management
  • power system simulation
  • QSS methods
  • cyber physical modeling
  • distributed resources
  • distribution system operations
  • cosimulation platforms
  • smart grids
  • virtual grid integration laboratory
  • VirGIL
  • demand response
  • building comfort
  • communication networks
  • power system operation
  • functional mockup interface
  • FMI
  • DIgSILENT PowerFactory
  • quantized state system methods
  • Power systems
  • Buildings
  • Load modeling
  • Couplings
  • Mathematical model
  • Cosimulation
  • Supply and demand
  • Power distribution
  • Power grids
  • Complex systems
  • Smart grids
  • Communication networks
  • OMNeT++
  • demand response (DR)
  • DigSILENT PowerFactory
  • functional mockup interface (FMI)
  • load flow
  • modelica
  • OMNeT plus
  • Distribution networks
  • Power system management, operation and economics
  • Power engineering computing


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