by Jorge Velásquez, Colombia (PPRE2013-15), PhD-candidate at OFFIS
The Oldenburg institute for information technology (OFFIS) held on May 11th the workshop "Enhanced Power System Protection, Control & Security with Real-Time Simulation". This event has been developed in cooperation with the companies OPAL-RT and FMTP POWER AB bringing years of experience in real-time simulation in the automotive, aerospace and power system analysis domains. Our event brought together a wide array of participants from across Europe with a good combination of research institutes and industry companies.
The topics covered in our workshop were aimed to answer several questions regarding the reliable and secure operation of electrical power systems at the European level considering Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) at the center of a successful integration of decentralized energy resources into the power grid.
The event started with an opening statement from Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lehnhoff and a key note from Dr. Davood Babazadeh addressing the relevance of using co-simulation and real-time simulation as tools to understand the main challenges concerning the interaction of distributed agents working in coordination to fulfill the system operators’ requirements.
Standardization is one crucial aspect when talking about ICT systems and its integration to an already existing grid infrastructure. For this reason, Andrea Bonetti talked about the importance of adopting the IEC 61850 standard for the automation of substations and how this can improve the performance of intelligent control and protection devices.
The final event was a live demo of our Smart Energy Simulation and Automation Lab (SESA-Lab). The main idea behind our lab demo was to show the interaction of three control agents interacting with each other to support the active power provision when there is a disconnection of the main supply to the grid. Furthermore, we impair the communication of the agents by introducing latency into the system to study the effect of a delayed communication on the performance of the ICT infrastructure considering the requirements within the islanded electrical network.
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