2014 Energy Finalist
Controlling a Hardware-in-the-Loop Grid Simulator for the World’s Most Powerful Renewable Test Facility
Author: Mark McKinney, Ben Gislason, J. Curtiss Fox, Clemson University Restoration Institute
Challenge: Providing energy companies and graduate students a state-of-the-art facility to test both the mechanical and electrical characteristics of a hardware innovation prototype for any energy resource on a utility scale (up to 15 MW) in a controlled and calibrated environment before deploying it on the actual grid.
Solution: Delivering high-speed deterministic DAQ, control, and communications for a 15 MVA hardware–in-the-loop (HIL) grid simulator using NI LabVIEW system design software and NI PXI, NI CompactRIO, and NI FlexRIO hardware.
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