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Microgrid Testbed at a Glance

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The history and nature of the traditional power grid is large-scale, bulk power generation concentrated at large power plants. The addition of DER (solar and wind) creates difficult control, subsystem management and safety challenges.

The Microgrid Testbed provides a simulated smart grid microcosm demonstrating many technologies and protocols: Data Distribution Service (DDS), Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB), Time-Sensitive Networks (TSN), advanced analytics and how they can be combined and deployed in the field.

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Microgrid Testbed at a Glance

  1. 1. Communication & Control for Microgrid Applications Testbed
  2. 2. Elevator Pitch For traditional power grid users and suppliers who need to demonstrate regional or discrete grid resiliency and control, our Microgrid Testbed provides a framework that manages increasing distributed energy resource (DER) penetration. 2
  3. 3. The history and nature of the traditional power grid is large-scale, bulk power generation concentrated at large power plants. The addition of DER (solar and wind) creates difficult control, subsystem management and safety challenges. The Problem 3 Managing power generation sources Installations of renewable energy sources creates difficult control and safety situations Dynamic load/power balancing Emergence of new renewable energy sources presents challenging power balancing requirements Varying grades of power quality (AC/DC) Communications and control for edge control & management needs are unique to each grid and difficult to manage
  4. 4. Impact of the Problem 4 “Downstream” power sources create safety and subsystem challenges: overloaded storage, main grid reconnection issues Lack of grid synchronization can cause inconvenient blackouts Distributed renewable resources leads to power quality issues and downtime
  5. 5. The Microgrid Testbed provides a simulated smart grid microcosm demonstrating many technologies and protocols: Data Distribution Service (DDS), Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB), Time-Sensitive Networks (TSN), advanced analytics and how they can be combined and deployed in the field. The Solution 5 Demonstrates testbed applicability & visibility Proves the viability of a real-time, secure distributed control architecture for real world microgrid and DER applications Offers access to new technologies and protocols TSN, DDS and OpenFMB are available for testing Creates open marketplace & strategy for the future ​Moving to a larger field deployment and increasing size and scope of the infrastructure in the Lab environment
  6. 6. Progress Report 6 2015 Testbed Approved • PoC of edge communication and control to manage and control a simple microgrid 2016 Extending the Testbed • Aligned with IIRA Layered Databus Architecture Pattern • TSN-based, distributed control scheme for 100% renewable energy source microgrid World Economic Forum • Featured testbed at WEF 2017 Permanent Installation • Installed at NI’s Industrial IoT Lab • February 2017 ribbon-cutting PoC and Commercial- ization • Working with additional partners to flesh out end-to-end solution • Ramping up marketing of the testbed and solution
  7. 7. The Team 7 Cisco Testbed Lead RTI Testbed Lead National Instruments Testbed Lead Logo Logo + Various Energy Providers
  8. 8. What’s next? 8 Activity Timeline Contributing back to power industry standard (Open FMB), managed by SEPA Ongoing Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) is using the IISF for secure version of specifications Ongoing Adding a System Integrator to the team in preparation for solution deployment in field Ongoing Integration of additional analytics, security and other testbed solutions Ongoing In-field deployment with multiple utilities and DER management organizations Ongoing Have questions about this testbed? Send an email to info@iiconsortium.com
  9. 9. “Talking about interoperable, framework for smart grid applications is one thing, but having a plug-and-play test environment is invaluable. There are so many layers of technologies involved that even experts are continuing to learn and evolve. The testbed dramatically reduces risk.” BRETT BURGER, PRINCIPAL MARKETING MANAGER, MONITORING SOLUTIONS, NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS The Problem Communication & Control for Microgrid Applications Testbed Our Solution Team The Microgrid Testbed deployment instance at NI’s Industrial IoT Lab provides a simulated smart grid microcosm demonstrating many technologies and protocols: Data Distribution Service (DDS), Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB), TSN and how they can be combined and deployed in the field. • RTI • National Instruments • Cisco • Various energy providers Key Benefits • Demonstrates credibility & visibility • Offers access to new technologies and protocols • Creates dynamic, open marketplace • Helps break the standards blockage holding back the industry 9 The history and nature of the traditional power grid is large-scale, bulk power generation concentrated at large power plants. The addition of distributed renewable resources (solar and wind) creates difficult control, subsystem management and safety challenges.
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