Power Hardware-in-the-Loop-Based Anti-Islanding Evaluation and Demonstration

Barry Mather, Michael Steurer, Karl Schoder, James Langston, John Hauer, Ferenc Bogdan

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) teamed with Southern California Edison (SCE), Clean Power Research (CPR), Quanta Technology (QT), and Electrical Distribution Design (EDD) to conduct a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) California Solar Initiative (CSI)-funded research project investigating the impacts of integrating high-penetration levels of photovoltaics (PV) onto the California distribution grid. One topic researched in the context of high-penetration PV integration onto the distribution system is the ability of PV inverters to (1) detect islanding conditions (i.e., when the distribution system to which the PV inverter is connected becomes disconnected from the utility power connection) and (2) disconnect from the islanded system within the time specified in the performance specifications outlined in IEEE Standard 1547. This condition may cause damage to other connected equipment due to insufficient power quality (e.g., over-and under-voltages) and may also be a safety hazard to personnel that may be working on feeder sections to restore service. NREL teamed with the Florida State University (FSU) Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS) to investigate a new way of testing PV inverters for IEEE Standard 1547 unintentional islanding performance specifications using power hardware-in-loop (PHIL) laboratory testing techniques.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages77
StatePublished - 2015

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5D00-64241


  • anti-islanding
  • high-penetration PV
  • PHIL
  • power hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL)
  • solar integration


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