A Test Bed to Evaluate Advanced Distribution Management Systems for Modern Power Systems: Preprint

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This paper presents a test bed that utilities, vendors, and researchers can use to evaluate the performance of existing and emerging advanced distribution management systems (ADMS) or specific applications of such systems. The test bed provides a realistic laboratory test setting, including detailed modeling of the power system, controller and/or power hardware, and industry-standard communication protocols. The test bed can further represent the current state of a specific utility's distribution system or the anticipated state with increased penetrations of distributed energy resources, such as rooftop photovoltaic systems, residential battery energy storage systems, electric vehicles, and loads with smart controls. The paper describes the design and implementation of the test bed. We present two use cases of the test bed and preliminary results for these two use cases. We also discuss upcoming and potential future use cases. Results from test bed experiments can be used to accelerate industry deployment of ADMS technologies and advance development of ADMS capabilities.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2019
Event2019 IEEE EUROCON - Novi Sad, Serbia
Duration: 1 Jul 20194 Jul 2019


Conference2019 IEEE EUROCON
CityNovi Sad, Serbia

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-5D00-75512 for paper as published in IEEE proceedings

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5D00-73705


  • cosimulation
  • distribution management system
  • distribution power system
  • hardware-in-the-loop
  • power system simulation


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