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SmartEST Lab

Lab Services

Testing of components and systems with simulated grids and primary energy sources

  • Electrical, functional and performance tests according to grid codes​
  • Simultaneous testing of power and communication interfaces of components​
  • Performance and lifetime testing under controlled environmental conditions​
  • Simulation and testing of single components as well as complete generation systems and plants​
  • Power hardware-in-the-loop (P-HIL) experiments by means of real time simulation and multi-domain co-simulation (rapid modelling and prototyping of systems and components)​
  • Simulation of smart grid scenarios

Technical specification in the laboratory​

Grid simulation​

  • 3 independent laboratory grids with variable network impedances for up to 1000 kVA, flexible star point configuration and grounding systems​
  • Rated voltages from 300 V to 690 V
  • 2 independent high bandwidth grid simulators: 0 to 480 V 3-phase AC, 800 kVA​
  • 3-phase balanced or unbalanced operation​
  • Facilities for LVRT (low voltage ride-through)

Line impedacnce emulation​

  • Adjustable line impedances for various LV network topologies: meshed, radial or ring network configuration​
  • Freely adjustable RLC loads up to 1 MW, 1 MVAr (capacitive and inductive)​
  • Individual control of RLC components for performance testing of islanding detection systems​
  • Anti-islanding tests up to 1 MW with Quality Factor = 1​

Environmental simulation​

  • Test chamber for performance and accelerated lifetime testing​
  • Full power operation of equipment under test inside chamber​
  • Max. size of equipment under test: 3.60 x 2.60 x 2.80 m (Length x Width x Height)​
  • Temperature range: -40°C to +120°C​
  • Humidity range: 10% to 98% relative humidity​

DC sources​

  • 6 independent dynamic PV array simulators: 1500 V, 1500 A, 1100 kW
  • Bidirectional DC source for battery system emulation: 650 V up to 1100 V, 1300 A, 1100 kW

Real time P-HIL simulation​

  • Multicore Opal-RT real-time simulator​
  • P-HIL and C-HIL experiments at full power in a closed control loop​

DAQ and measurement​

  • Multiple high precision power analyzers with high acquisition rate​
  • Simultaneous sampling of asynchronous multi-domain data input​

General specification​

  • Floor space: 400 m²​
  • Indoor and outdoor test areas suitable for ISO containers