Real time Intelligent Control Laboratory (RT-ICL) of PowerLabDK for smart grid technology development

Jacob Ostergaard, Qiuwei Wu, Rodrigo Garcia-Valle

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    This paper presents the Intelligent Control Laboratory (ICL) of the PowerLabDK and describes examples of ongoing research work utilizing the ICL. The ICL is comprised of a real time digital simulator (RTDS) with 5 racks, a full scale SCADA system and experimental control room with a link to the Bornholm power system data, an IBM blade server for optimization and control implementation, and a Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) Lab. It is possible to interface PMUs and other hardware with the RTDS for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and power-hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) tests. The ICL can interface with the Electric Laboratory through a 4-quardrant power amplifier with 150 kW continuous power supply capability, Omicron and Doble amplifiers, relays, an electric vehicle with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability, LabCell boards, photovoltaic (PV) panels, and micro combined heat plant (μCHP) units. The interactive simulation platform with real power system data and distributed energy resources (DER) hardware makes the ICL a very well-suited test platform for smart grid technology development and validation. The ongoing research work with the ICL illustrates the capability and feasibility of using it as a platform for smart grid technology development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2012 IEEE Workshop on Complexity in Engineering : COMPENG 2012
    Publication date2012
    ISBN (Print)9781467316149
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event2012 Complexity in Engineering - Aachen, Germany
    Duration: 11 Jun 201213 Jun 2012


    Conference2012 Complexity in Engineering


    • Hardware
    • Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL)
    • Intelligent Control Laboratory (ICL)
    • Power conversion
    • Power-hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL)
    • Real time digital simulator (RTDS)
    • Real time systems
    • Smart grid
    • Smart grids
    • Wind power generation


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