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  • Friedrich-Alexander University, Germany, is equipped to innovate with Europe’s most powerful academic RTDS Simulator

    July 4, 2019

    Friedrich-Alexander University, Germany, is equipped to innovate with Europe’s most powerful academic RTDS Simulator


    Simulation and HIL training begins at Friedrich-Alexander University in Germany

    On March 29, 2019, the most powerful academic RTDS Simulator in Europe was officially commissioned at Friedrich-Alexander University’s (FAU) Institute of Electrical Energy Systems (IEES). Located in Erlangen and Nuremberg, Germany, the institute is a leader in the research and development of innovative electrical power systems. The focus is on the design and operation of sustainable energy systems, quite often with an interdisciplinary approach and international collaboration.

    The RTDS Simulator installed at FAU is not only the most powerful real-time power system simulator at any university in Europe, but also among the top five most-powerful university simulators in the world. The world-class system, based on the multicore processing platform called NovaCor, consists of six simulation chassis that can be used to run separate simulations — or be connected together to represent even larger, more complex networks if necessary. The IEES has plans to apply the system to protection system testing, energy storage system development and testing, and innovative HVDC & FACTS research.

    The installed simulator has impressive I/O features for connection to real-world equipment. More than 500 channels for analogue and digital input and output will allow the institute to do significant hardware-in-the-loop testing by connecting external protection, control, or power devices to the simulated network. Power amplifiers from Omicron, Triphase NV as well as Spitzenberger & Spies also located in the lab will allow secondary-level devices and power devices to be connected to the simulator.

    “The commissioning of our new real time simulation laboratory is the beginning of a new era in the energy research at the Friedrich-Alexander-University. The simulator itself paves us the way to further development our research and education concept in the power sector in order to become a worldwide visible competence centre. In this respect, we are also going to cooperate with network operators, technology manufacturers and other major players of the energy industry.

    Name: Prof. Dr. Matthias Luther
    Position: Chair of the Institute of Electrical Energy Systems, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg

    Considerably more I/O signals are available via Ethernet using the smart grid communication capabilities of the RTDS Simulator at FAU. The simulation hardware setup includes seven network interface cards that are capable of interfacing to external devices via IEC 61850 Sampled Values and GOOSE Messages, IEC 60870-5-104 protocol, IEEE C37.118 synchrophasor data, and TCP/UDP sockets. This hardware will allow the university to test substation automation, PMU schemes, and other non-wires alternatives in a closed loop.

    The institute will take advantage of these hardware-in-the-loop capabilities to investigate protection solutions for grids with distributed in-feed or HVDC systems, to prototype controls for modular multilevel converters (MMC), to conduct performance testing and grid interaction studies for conventional and MMC-based HVDC systems, and to de-risk the grid connection of distributed energy and storage systems.

    Researchers connect protection devices (left) in a closed loop with the simulated network

    A powerful set of 12 GTFPGA Units rounds out the lab’s simulator. These units are capable of simulating particularly calculation-dense components or subnetworks and can be used for several applications. For IEESU’s HVDC experts, they will represent a multi-terminal MMC system, providing opportunities to simulate internal faults and customized valve topologies.

    With one of the world’s most powerful real-time power system simulators at a university, the IEES at Germany’s Friedrich Alexander University will be an institute to watch. Stay tuned to our website and RTDS Newsletter for project updates.


    RTDS Technologies Inc.
  • Welcoming C.N. Rood to Our Global Representatives!

    July 4, 2019

    Hej and hallo! C.N. Rood, the BeNeLux-based tech company, has joined RTDS Technologies’ team of global representatives. C.N. Rood will represent Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Sweden. Welcome to our team!

    C.N. Rood provides knowledge and solutions on test and measuring solutions to the educational, scientific, and industrial institutes across the BeNeLux and Swedish regions. Its services and solutions range from communication, general, and measurement test equipment; automatic identification products; software development; turnkey solutions; and consultancy and training.

    To say hello, contact C.N. Rood at info@cnrood.com.

    RTDS Technologies Inc.
  • Korea UGM 2019

    June 24, 2019


    RTDS Simulator users in Korea gathered on June 27, 2019 for the first-ever Korean UGM! This special event took place at KEPRI-KEPCO, where a large-scale RTDS Simulator (pictured above) helps KEPRI-KEPCO safely power nearly all of South Korea. Thank you to all the presenters who shared their work, experiences, and accomplishments using the RTDS Simulator!


    RTDS Technologies Inc.
  • ERIGrid Summer School 2019

    May 1, 2019

    RTDS Technologies has joined forces with ERIGrid project partners ICCS-NTUA and HEDNO to organize the ERIGrid Summer School on Advanced Operations and Control of Active Distribution Networks. The school takes place at NTU Athens, June 10 – 14, 2019. 

    The course will cover key aspects of modern distribution networks and smart grids, such as

    • Advanced inverter functions to provide ancillary services
    • Optimal operation and control of distribution networks
    • Machine learning applications in smart grids
    • Energy markets and demand response
    • Grid integration of Electric Vehicles
    • Adaptive protection of distribution networks
    • Service restoration of distribution networks
    • Power system resilience

    Also included in the Summer School program:

    • Advanced Controller Hardware in the Loop and Power Hardware in the Loop experiments during dedicated laboratory sessions.
    • A visit to the Meltemi smart grid pilot site (awarded by the Smart Grids European Technology Platform) at a seaside location a few kilometers from Athens.
    • An industry session with the Greek distribution network operator HEDNO, including discussions with industry experts and visits to real installations.

    Participation to the Summer School is free of charge, however a limited number of seats is available. Registration is open until May 20, 2019.


    RTDS Technologies Inc.
  • ACDC 2019 ~ February 5 – 7, 2019 ~ Coventry, UK

    January 25, 2019

    Stop by our booth to learn about our GTFPGA MMC models capable of modelling up to 1024 SM per valve with half, full and mixed topology. We will be demoing the HVDC point to point and DC grid systems developed by CIGRE working groups. See NovaCor’s ability to model large DC grids on a single NovaCor chassis!

    Also learn about our new simulation environment Substep for HVDC and power electronics applications. Made possible by the computing power of NovaCor, Substep will allow modelling networks of a certain size with a time step much smaller then our Mainstep while also performing matrix decomposition in real time. This will support pure resistive switching for all switching elements and therefore support higher switching frequency, clean waveforms and low losses!

    Want more information?

    We would love to answer any questions you have about the RTDS Simulator! Fill out this form and one of our Simulation Specialists will get back to you. 

    RTDS Technologies Inc.