Data-Driven Scalable Emulation of Hydropower Using Real-Time Hardware-in-the-Loop

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This presentation covers Motivation: (1) With the increased grid integration of inverter-based resources, hydropower plays a crucial role in maintaining the bulk power system reliability and resilience; and (2) A more dynamic response and new control designs are required to meet the grid requirements. To evaluate any modification, control-prototyping, performance validation and de-risking grid integration of hydropower, a high-fidelity environment is required. Also covers Objectives: (1) To develop data-driven emulation of hydropower using hardware-in-the-loop for different size, types of hydro plants; and (2) To characterize hardware and obtain accurate dynamic response for shaft speed, torque, and power. Provide a mechanical power interface with emulated dynamics of a hydro-turbine shaft that can be coupled to electrical generators for mechanical and electrical PHIL.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2023 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, 16-20 July 2023, Orlando, Florida

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-5D00-86870


  • electrical
  • hydropower emulation
  • inverter-based
  • power


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