Remote Hardware-in-the-Loop Approach for Microgrid Controller Evaluation: Preprint

Kumaraguru Prabakar, Annabelle Pratt, Martha Symko-Davies, Brian Miller, Amir Vallibeygi, Sai Akhil Konakalla, Raymond de Callafon, Thomas Bialek

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Utilities have been installing microgrids due to the advancements in the distributed energy resources technologies. Microgrids also improve the resiliency of the system due to their capability to isolate themselves from the grid and run in islanded mode of operation. Microgrid controllers are management systems that can run the microgrids under varied operating condition and enable the smooth operation of microgrids under various system conditions. It is of high value to de-risk the installation of such controllers. Hardware-in-the-loop evaluation is used by controller developers and utilities to evaluate the controllers under stressful conditions to understand the performance and to understand the necessary improvements to the microgrid controller. In this research work, the team has leveraged the existing infrastructure of real-time simulation at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) and the capability of the microgrid controller to control assets over the Internet Protocol (IP) to evaluate a university developed microgrid controller in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The full paper will provide the complete setup, the experimental use cases and the results. In this abstract, one use case will be expalined, and the results from the use case is provided.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2020
Event2020 Clemson University Power System Conference - Clemson, South Carolina
Duration: 10 Mar 202013 Mar 2020


Conference2020 Clemson University Power System Conference
CityClemson, South Carolina

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-5D00-77676 for paper as published in proceedings

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5D00-74887


  • controller hardware-in-the-loop
  • hardware-in-the-loop
  • IEEE 2030.7
  • IEEE 2030.8
  • microgrid controller
  • remote hardware-in-the-loop


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