The continuing growth of renewable resources at the transmission and distribution levels is driving significant changes to the electrical grid by the introduction of new technologies. These relatively new and emerging technologies need to be thoroughly tested and validated at every stage of utility grid planning, design, and operations.
Power industry needs new study tools, in addition to the traditional ones. UNC Charlotte, in collaboration with Nayak Corporation and RTDS Technologies, is pleased to bring you a 3-day workshop on power system hardware in loop (HIL) testing, using real-time digital simulator (RTDS) that can address some of these new challenges. Experts from academic institutions and electric utilities will present their applications of Real Time Digital Simulators in their area.
The main goal of this workshop is to introduce participants to various applications and benefits of HIL testing. The workshop does not require prior RTDS experience or ownership of RTDS. The first day of the workshop will expose all participants to a few RTDS applications at electric utilities and academic domain. It will also provide information on the latest RTDS developments geared to distribution circuits to support grid modernization efforts, substation automation, protection, power electronics, and microgrids.
The second and third days of the workshop include a hands-on training on the fundamentals and use of the RTDS, including an IL setup with protective relay. Participants will be introduced to how to build a network, setup different I/O hardware interfaces with external hardware, run it real-time and observe interaction closed loop dynamic simulation. The workshop is not intended to develop advanced RTDS expertise, but rather to set you on a path to self-exploration of all the possibilities of the HIL testing in your area of responsibility.
At the completion of the workshop, participants will have a basic understanding of RTDS-HIL testing, an opportunity to discuss how RTDS-HIL can be applied to their projects, and most importantly, demystify why many electric utilities, manufacturers, and R&D facilities are adopting HIL testing.
- RTDS Technologies Overview
- New and Future Developments
- Utility Prospective
- Hardware in the Loop Studies
- System Modeling and Control
- Utility Applications
- Advanced System Modeling Capabilities
- Solid understanding of RTDS, RTDS with hardware in the loop testing
- How RTDS-HIL can be applied to their projects
- How the use of RTDS can provide benefits to electric utilities, manufacturers, and R&D facilities
No previous experience or ownership of RTDS is required. This workshop is for industry and academia personnel who look for ways to test and validate transmission and distribution changes in the electrical grid. Most participants will work in the planning, design, and operations areas of transmission and distribution systems.
- Day 1: Expose participants to a few RTDS applications at electric utility and academia (lecture-based)
- Days 2 & 3: Move into the Smart Grid Lab for a more hands-on approach/training on the use of RTDS with hardware in the loop set-up