Power Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing at the ESIF - Video Text Version
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Blake Lundstrom: One important capability at ESIF is what we refer to as power-hardware-in-the-
loop. The advantage of power-hardware-in-the-loop to really any of our partners is the
ability to look at one piece of the overall energy system that they might be particularly
interested in and to really test that piece in the big picture. So we have a software model
of the grid and maybe we have a new device that's been developed that's going to connect
to the grid. So by connecting those two together, we're able to simulate what that device
would actually do if it was connected to that real power system.
Bryan Hannigan: In the past, as we've developed new technologies and we've experimented with
them on the grid, we've done one off very unique field trials where we've plugged
something in and tried to see if it would work. ESIF allows a more controlled
environment – a more predictable environment – and it allows a higher probability of a
company doing work at the ESIF that will yield the answers to the questions that they
Blake Lundstrom: Say if you're a manufacturer and you're going to be designing a synverter and
it's going to go into, say, part of the electric system in California, there are different
aspects to how that system operates in different parts of the country – different parts of
the world. And so it's important for them to be able to test their device with a model of
the power system that's relevant to where their device is going to be impacted.
Bryan Hannigan: So instead of experimenting and trying several different ways in the real world,
and maybe you're maybe not getting the outcomes that they'd like, they can come and
work with our experts here at ESIF and with the rest of the lab system to get the answer
right the first time.