Power Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing of a Smart Distribution System

Ismael Mendoza Carrillo, Craig Breaden, Paige Medley, Frazer Watson, Robert Currie, Chad Abbey

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This paper presents the results of the third and final phase of the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) INTEGRATE demonstration: Smart Distribution. For this demonstration, high penetrations of solar PV and wind energy systems were simulated in a power hardware-in-the-loop set-up using a smart distribution test feeder. Simulated and real DERs were controlled by a real-time control platform, which manages grid constraints under high clean energy deployment levels. The power HIL testing, conducted at NREL's ESIF smart power lab, demonstrated how dynamically managing DER increases the grid's hosting capacity by leveraging active network management's (ANM) safe and reliable control framework. Results are presented for how ANM's real-time monitoring, automation, and control can be used to manage multiple DERs and multiple constraints associated with high penetrations of DER on a distribution grid. The project also successfully demonstrated the importance of escalating control actions given how ANM enables operation of grid equipment closer to their actual physical limit in the presence of very high levels of intermittent DER.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 29 Jan 2018
Event2017 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2017 - Chicago, United States
Duration: 16 Jul 201720 Jul 2017


Conference2017 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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© 2017 IEEE.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5B00-71571


  • Decentralized control
  • Energy storage
  • Power system control
  • Power system simulation
  • Solar energy
  • Wind integration


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