The RTDS Simulator has been under constant development for over 20 years in order to keep up with the always-evolving power industry. Recently, the concepts of smart grid and distributed generation are gaining immense speed on a global scale. Power system equipment manufacturers, utilities, universities and research institutions worldwide are endeavoring to develop solutions that mitigate our impact on the environment, strengthen the security and reliability of our energy infrastructure, and ensure the efficient generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. RTDS Technologies strives to keep our product cutting-edge and current. Therefore, the RTDS Simulator is capable of simulating many smart grid- and renewable energy-related concepts.


Smart Grid

The term “smart grid” refers to an evolved electrical grid that uses communications technology to gather and respond to information in order to manage electricity in a more reliable, secure and sustainable manner. “Smart grid” doesn’t refer to a specific technology, but rather, the suite of technologies and operating procedures that will revolutionize the grid.

The implementation of smart grid technology in the real-time simulation environment requires high-level communication capabilities. Using the GTNET or GTNETx2 card and its available firmwares, the RTDS Simulator is capable of the following smart grid-related communication:

  • IEC 61850 for substation automation applications
  • DNP3 and IEC 60870-5-104 for SCADA systems
  • IEEE C37.118 for PMU applications

Distributed Generation

The RTDS Simulator also has facilities for simulating distributed generation and renewables. Wind turbines, photovoltaics, fuel cells and various other power sources can be represented by library components, while the corresponding VSC converters can be freely configured in small timestep subnetworks.


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