Hardware-in-the-Loop Co-simulation of Distribution Grid for Demand Response

Sergi Rotger-Griful, Spyros Chatzivasileiadis, Rune Hylsberg Jacobsen, Emma M. Stewart, Javier Matanza Domingo, Michael Wetter

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In modern power systems, co-simulation is proposed as an enabler for analyzing the interactions between disparate systems. This paper introduces the co-simulation platform Virtual Grid Integration Laboratory (VirGIL) including Hardware-in-the-Loop testing, and demonstrates its potential to assess demand response strategies. VirGIL is based on a modular architecture using the Functional Mock-up Interface industrial standard to integrate new simulators. VirGIL combines state-of-the-art simulators in power systems, communications, buildings, and control. In this work, VirGIL is extended with a Hardware-in-the-Loop component to control the ventilation system of a real 12-story building in Denmark. VirGIL capabilities are illustrated in three scenarios: load following, primary reserves and load following aggregation. Experimental results show that the system can track one minute changing signals and it can provide primary reserves for up-regulation. Furthermore, the potential of aggregating several ventilation systems is evaluated considering the impact at distribution grid level and the communications protocol effect.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 19th Power Systems Computation Conference
Number of pages7
Publication date2016
Article number7540828
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event19th Power Systems Computation Conference - Genoa, Italy
Duration: 20 Jun 201624 Jun 2016


Conference19th Power Systems Computation Conference
Internet address
Series2016 Power Systems Computation Conference (pscc)


  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Co-simulation
  • Demand Response
  • Functional Mock-up Interface
  • Hardware-in-the-Loop
  • PowerFactory
  • Hardware
  • Integration testing
  • Mockups
  • Synthetic apertures
  • Ventilation
  • Communications protocols
  • Cosimulation
  • Demand response
  • Hard-ware-in-the-loop
  • Hardware-in-the-loop testing
  • Industrial standards
  • Modular architectures
  • Reconfigurable hardware
  • ventilation
  • demand side management
  • distribution networks
  • communications protocol effect
  • hardware-in-the-loop cosimulation
  • demand response
  • distribution grid
  • modern power system
  • disparate system
  • virtual grid integration laboratory
  • VirGIL
  • hardware-in-the-loop testing
  • functional mock-up interface industrial standard
  • ventilation system
  • Denmark
  • building
  • load following aggregation
  • Optimization
  • Wind speed
  • Load modeling
  • Servers
  • Standards
  • Power system management, operation and economics
  • Distribution networks

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