Power Systems and Smart Grid Lab

PS&SG laboratory is equipped with a fully digital real-time power engineering simulation platform consists of Opal-RT (OP4508 F11-3+1) real-time digital simulator – OP5600 and customized hardware and firmware of Lab-Volt for Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and Rapid control prototype (RCP) studies. This lab also equipped with power systems simulation packages – PSCAD and CYME distribution software. Laboratory supports power engineering experimental teaching facility and also full-fledged research platform for conducting research in the major domain of smart distribution grid, renewable energy, energy management, etc.

Hardware/Firmware facilities

Real-time Digital Simulator (OPAL-RT)

It is fully digital real-time power engineering simulation platform consists of OPAL-RT  (OP4508 F11-3+1) real-time digital simulator. It Supports real time applications like Rapid Control Prototyping, Hardware-in-loop and Pure simulation with hard disk memory of 500Gb. OPAL-RT solvers are fully integrated with MATLAB/SIMULINK. It runs on a networked PC configuration consisting of command station, Target Nodes, Communication Links (real time and ethernet) and advanced FGPA (Field Gate Programmable Gate Array) I/O Boards.

Some applications areas of OPAL-RT lie in:

  • Smart distribution grid/Microgrids
  • Protection Systems
  • Battery Management Systems
  • Hybrid and Electrical Transportation
  • Modular Multilevel Converter (MMC)
  • Wide Area Monitoring Protection and Control

Customized modular Hardware and Firmware (LABVOLT)

LABVOLT is a training system fully consisting of modular blocks and by combining different blocks we can build a wide variety of controllable real time emulated systems.

LABVOLT modules serve following application areas:

  • DC and AC Power Circuits
  • Lead-Acid Battery
  • Basic Renewable Energy
  • Home Energy Production
  • Electromechanical Systems
  • Smart Grid Technologies
  • Power Transmission

Simulation Software

MATLAB/Simulink (Institute licence)

MATLAB is a multi-disciplinary numerical computing software and simulation environment. It serves as a solution platform for several Power system applications such as:

  • Modelling of electrical circuits and networks
  • Modelling of wind energy systems, battery energy storage system etc.
  • Design and control of power electronic converters
  • Microgrid applications
  • Wind generation, solar generation and electricity price forecasting

PSCAD (20 Licences)

PSCAD is computer-aided design software used to model and simulate electrical power systems. This software has huge applications in short circuit analysis, modelling of electrical substations, HVDC systems and power system protection algorithms.

CYMDIST Distribution Analysis software (5 users)

CYMDIST is powerful distribution network analysis tool having the feature of performing the load flow analysis of balanced, unbalanced, single phase, three-phase, mesh type or radial type network very effectively and efficiently.

PS&SG lab uses the software to analyse the IITGN distribution network which has highly unbalanced and seasonally varying load pattern with a 500KW solar power plant

OpenDSS (Open source)

OpenDSS is a multipurpose distribution analysis tool to support all distribution planning aspects of distributed generation. The distribution system is analysed in frequency domain for power flow, harmonic analysis and distribution dynamic analysis.

In PS&SG Lab, OpenDSS is used to study the behaviour of the IITGN distributed network which has a 500KW solar power injection. It is also used to perform time series analysis of the network subjected to the seasonally varying load pattern.

GAMS (Student version)

General Algebraic Modelling System (GAMS) is used to solve the linear, non-linear and mix-integer optimization problems.