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Remote Laboratory Testing Demonstration

Ricerca Sistema Energetico, 20134 Milano, Italy
Unareti S.p.A., 25124 Brescia, Italy
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 15780 Zografou, Greece
Ormazabal Corporate Technology, 48340 Amorebieta-Etxano, Bizkaia, Spain
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Energies 2020, 13(9), 2283;
Received: 13 March 2020 / Revised: 24 April 2020 / Accepted: 28 April 2020 / Published: 6 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advancements in Real-Time Simulation of Power and Energy Systems)
The complexity of a smart grid with a high share of renewable energy resources introduces several issues in testing power equipment and controls. In this context, real-time simulation and Hardware in the Loop (HIL) techniques can tackle these problems that are typical for power system testing. However, implementing a convoluted HIL setup in a single infrastructure can be physically impossible or can increase the time required to test a smart grid application in detail. This paper introduces the Joint Test Facility for Smart Energy Networks with Distributed Energy Resources (JaNDER) that allows users to exchange data in real-time between two or more infrastructures. This tool enables the integration of infrastructures, exploiting the synergies between them, and creating a virtual infrastructure that can perform more experiments using a combination of the resources installed in each infrastructure. In particular, JaNDER can extend a HIL setup. In order to validate this new testing concept, a coordinated voltage controller has been tested in a Controller HIL setup where JaNDER was used to interact with an actual On Load Tap Changer (OLTC) controller located in a remote infrastructure. The results show that the latency introduced by JaNDER is not critical; hence, under certain circumstances, it can be used to expand the real-time testing without affecting the stability of the experiment. View Full-Text
Keywords: HIL; CHIL; integrated laboratories; real-time communication platform; power system testing HIL; CHIL; integrated laboratories; real-time communication platform; power system testing
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Pellegrino, L.; Sandroni, C.; Bionda, E.; Pala, D.; Lagos, D.T.; Hatziargyriou, N.; Akroud, N. Remote Laboratory Testing Demonstration. Energies 2020, 13, 2283.

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Pellegrino L, Sandroni C, Bionda E, Pala D, Lagos DT, Hatziargyriou N, Akroud N. Remote Laboratory Testing Demonstration. Energies. 2020; 13(9):2283.

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Pellegrino, Luigi; Sandroni, Carlo; Bionda, Enea; Pala, Daniele; Lagos, Dimitris T.; Hatziargyriou, Nikos; Akroud, Nabil. 2020. "Remote Laboratory Testing Demonstration" Energies 13, no. 9: 2283.

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