Hardware-in-the-Loop Test Bed and Test Methodology for Microgrid Controller Evaluation

Kumaraguru Prabakar, Annabelle Pratt, Dheepak Krishnamurthy, Arindam Maitra

Research output: NRELPoster


Increasing penetration levels of distributed energy resources are making the deployment of microgrids more feasible. Controllers that operate such microgrids are key to realizing the objectives of the microgrid owner or operator and there is a need to evaluate microgrid controller performance prior to field deployment. This paper describes a controller hardware-in-the-loop and power hardware-in-the-loop microgrid controller test bed that was designed and constructed to evaluate the capabilities of a microgrid controller for a proposed campus microgrid. This paper also presents a test methodology to evaluate microgrid controller functionality, and it describes how the controller was assessed through the application of different test scenarios. Results from the testing are presented to provide insight into the capabilities of the test bed.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2018 IEEE PES Transmission and Distribution Conference & Exposition (T&D 2018), 16-19 April 2018, Denver, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-5D00-71338


  • controller hardware-in-the-loop
  • controller test bed
  • hardware-in-the-loop
  • microgrid
  • power hardware-in-the-loop


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