Real-time Model Development of the IEEE Benchmark Distribution Feeder Test System for Microgrid Stability and Controls

Hamed Nademi, James Choi, Prottay Adhikari, Luigi Vanfretti, Shehab Ahmed, Kourosh Sedghisigarchi

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The importance of power system real-time modeling and simulation is now evident due to its ability to support developers during design, prototyping and verification processes. Studying challenges faced during substantial integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) and distribution loads imposes diverse dynamic characteristics onto microgrids that need to be fully addressed from stability standpoint. This paper discusses the development of a real-time model of a microgrid distribution test case introduced in a prevalent IEEE PES technical report entitled IEEE PES-TR66. The model is developed using MATLAB/Simulink and RT-LAB tools employing switching equivalent circuits for power electronic components to build up DERs, solar PV and battery energy storage as well as distribution loads, such as variable-speed drives. Comparative performance analysis of the obtained results is provided for the developed benchmark test system during steady-state and transients. This real-time use case model is helpful to analyze microgrid stability and verify control designs to understand dynamics of a distribution feeder with multiple connected DERs for real-time hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and controller HIL studies.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIECON 2021 – 47th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society
ISBN (Print)9781665435543
StatePublished - Oct 13 2021

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-04-29
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): OSR-2019-CoE-NEOM-4178.12
Acknowledgements: Supported in part by the Center of Excellence for NEOM Research at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology under grant OSR-2019-CoE-NEOM-4178.12, in part by NASA under award number 80NSSC19M0125 as part of the Center for High-Efficiency Electrical Technologies for Aircraft (CHEETA), and by the Engineering Research Center Program of the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy under Award EEC-1041877, by the CURENT Industry Partnership Program.


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