The FREEDM Systems Center was well represented at the 2018 eGrid Workshop held November 12 – 14 in Charleston, SC. This international workshop focused on the role of power electronics in electric utilities and included presentations from leading experts in industry and academia.
The Center hosted a booth and several students presented electronic posters during the conference. One of those students, Yuhua Du, won first place for his poster titled “Development of a Controller Hardware-in-the-Loop Platform for Microgrid Distributed Control Applications.” His research used the Resilient Information Architecture Platform for Smart Grids (RIAPS) for implementing the microgrid controls. RIAPS is an open source, distributed computing platform for developing smart grid applications. Sample apps include data collection and processing, optimal apparent power utilization, energy management, and microgrid synchronization.
Yuhua’s poster provided details on the hardware used for each control node of a microgrid and the integration with an Opal RT simulator and SEL relays. Click here to see the full poster. And to learn more about RIAPS, click here.