DNV’s GreenPowerMonitor implements Hardware in the Loop simulation methodology

Source: press release, 25 August 2022

Juan Carlos Arévalo, CEO at GreenPowerMonitor and Executive Vice President at DNV Energy Systems (photo: DVN)
Juan Carlos Arévalo, CEO at GreenPowerMonitor and Executive Vice President at DNV Energy Systems (photo: DVN)

DNV’s GreenPowerMonitor (GPM), the data-driven digital solution provider for renewable energy plants, has recently acquired and deployed a hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation toolbox that will significantly improve the development of its Power Plant Controller (PPC), hybrid control solutions and custom logics for clients.

HIL simulation methodology verifies that certified components are fit for purpose in the system for which they are intended. The greater the level of detail that can be achieved in the simulation, the better the result. This previously required that a specific model for each software had to be used to replicate the behaviour of our PPC.

By developing this simulation capability, experts from the Grid Integration Department of GPM are now capable of connecting controllers to simulation environments that can represent any renewable power plant with unprecedented accuracy, thus improving plant control solutions. This cutting-edge simulation capability is mainly used in aerospace and automotive research facilities, but not widely adopted in the development of power plant controllers in the energy industry.

This recent upgrade will boost GPM’s capability to deploy robust control solutions for renewable power plants.

In addition, we will be able to benchmark our real PPC with our in-house generated models in PSSE, PSCAD and Digsilent Power Factory, thus increasing reliability and precision of our PPC models.

“We believe that digitalisation is key to make the energy transition successful, as energy systems are becoming increasingly complex and operators now have to handle a large mix of technologies as we move towards a cleaner future says Juan-Carlos Arévalo, chief executive officer of GreenPowerMonitor, a DNV company.”

“The energy industry needs help to optimise this integration, continues Arévalo; GPM’s mission is to support a fast and efficient shift to green power, by providing intelligent tools to the energy industry. We offer digital solutions that are designed to be flexible and scalable to collect and manage data from multiple assets and multiple technologies, so we can help customers grow and explore more diverse and greener power sources,” Arévalo adds.

GPM’s PPC with this HIL simulator has obtained the NTS 2.1 certificate in Germany and Poland, Germany and is on its way to getting certified in Spain.