Hardware-in-the-Loop Evaluation of Grid-Edge DER Chip Integration Into Next-Generation Smart Meters

Joshua Comden, Jing Wang, Subhankar Ganguly, Steven Forsyth, Reynaldo Gomez, Andrey Bernstein

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To facilitate the implementation of distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS), we propose to insert a grid-edge distributed energy resource (DER) chip hosting a DERMS algorithm into the next generation of smart meters. This will create a pathway for the wide adoption of DERMS technology because many utilities plan to invest in advanced metering infrastructure in the near future. This will also bridge the gap between an electrical power utility and DERs behind the meter. The DER chip is designed to follow power direction signals from the DERMS coordinator while balancing its local objectives. We tested the chip using a controller- and power-hardware-in-the-loop evaluation under three scenarios that a DERMS could face in the real world. The DER chip was capable of and effective at directing four heterogeneous DERs to respond to a DERMS coordinator for grid services (e.g., voltage regulation and a virtual power plant).
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2023
EventIEEE SmartGridComm - Glasgow, Scotland
Duration: 31 Oct 20233 Nov 2023


ConferenceIEEE SmartGridComm
CityGlasgow, Scotland

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-5D00-86320 for preprint

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5D00-88762


  • distributed energy resource management system
  • distributed energy resources
  • hardware-in-the-loop
  • smart meter


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