Special Issue "Advancements in Real-Time Simulation of Power and Energy Systems"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Panos Kotsampopoulos
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Guest Editor
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical, University of Athens, 15780 Zografou, Greece
Tel. +30 2107721499; Fax: +30 2107723968
Interests: hardware in the loop simulation; control of distributed generation; microgrids; ancillary services; power system dynamics; education
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Md Omar Faruque
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Guest Editor
Chair, IEEE Task Force on Real-Time Simulation of Power and Energy Systems, Associate Professor & Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and The Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS), FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Florida State University, 2525 Pottsdamer Street, Tallahassee, FL 32310, USA
Tel. 850 645 8971, 850 410 6126

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Modern power and energy systems are characterized by the wide integration of distributed generation, storage and electric vehicles, adoption of ICT solutions, and interconnection of different energy carriers and consumer engagement, posing new challenges and creating new opportunities. Advanced testing and validation methods are needed to efficiently validate power equipment and controls in the contemporary complex environment and support the transition to a cleaner and sustainable energy system. Real-time hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation has proven to be an effective method for validating and de-risking power system equipment in highly realistic, flexible, and repeatable conditions. Controller hardware-in-the-loop (CHIL) and power hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) are the two main HIL simulation methods used in industry and academia that contribute to system-level testing enhancement by exploiting the flexibility of digital simulations in testing actual controllers and power equipment.

This Special Issue aims to address recent advances in real-time HIL simulation in several domains (also in new and promising areas), including technique improvements to promote its wider use. It welcomes innovative papers, including industrial relevant experiences, related (but not limited) to the following topics:

  • Advances in HIL testing of power electronic converters: distributed generation and storage inverters, HVDC/FACTS (e.g., testing of replicas) etc.;
  • Advances in HIL testing of power system protection;
  • Advances in HIL testing of smart grid/microgrid controllers, energy management systems, wide area protection, and control;
  • Apparatus modeling for real-time simulation and model validation;
  • Interfacing methods of PHIL and CHIL simulation: improvement of stability and accuracy;
  • HIL co-simulation, cyber-security, cyber-physical energy systems, and other multidomain systems;
  • Geographically distributed HIL and real-time simulators coupling/challenges;
  • Mechanical and multiphysics HIL simulation;
  • Industrial experiences, HIL in standardized testing, and standardization of HIL.
Dr. Panos Kotsampopoulos
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Md Omar Faruque
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Energies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Real-time simulation
  • Controller hardware-in-the-loop simulation (CHIL)
  • Power hardware-in-the-loop simulation (PHIL)
  • Power and energy systems
  • Testing and validation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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