Hardware-in-the-Loop Evaluation of an Advanced Distributed Energy Resource Management Algorithm

Jing Wang, Jeff Simpson, Rui Yang, Bryan Palmintier, Soumya Tiwari, Yingchen Zhang

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This paper presents the laboratory performance evaluation of voltage regulation under a new distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) algorithm via an advanced hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) platform. The HIL platform provides realistic testing in a laboratory environment, including the accurate modeling of a full-scale real-world distribution system from a utility partner, the DERMS software controller, and power hardware photovoltaic (PV) inverters. The new DERMS algorithm is developed based on online multi-objective optimization (OMOO) algorithms that perform fast dispatch of distributed solar PV simulated in a real-time digital simulator and real physical hardware devices. Experimental tests confirm the correct functioning of the HIL platform for evaluating controller algorithms and satisfactory voltage regulation performance of the developed OMOO algorithms.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePresented at the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Eleventh Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT 2020), 17-20 February 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5D00-78884


  • distributed energy resource management system
  • hardware-in-the-loop
  • online multi-objective optimization
  • voltage regulation


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