Role and Use Cases of Real Time Simulators (RTS) Towards Advancing and Deploying Synchrophasor Based Wide Area Monitoring Protection and Control (WAMPAC) Systems


Date: Tuesday, May 25                              Time:


Name of the organizer: Evangelos Farantatos 

Email: efarantatos@epri.com

Organisation: EPRI – SR. Project Manager, USA

Short biography of the chair: Evangelos Farantatos received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 2006 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, in 2009 and 2012, respectively. He is a Senior Project Manager with the Grid Operations and Planning R&D Group at EPRI, Palo Alto, CA. He is managing and leading the technical work of various R&D projects related to synchrophasor technology, power systems monitoring and control, power systems stability and dynamics, renewable energy resources modeling, grid operation and protection with high levels of inverter-based resources. He is a Senior Member of IEEE. In summer 2009, he was an intern at MISO.

Abstract: Phasor Measurement Units providing synchrophasor measurements as well as Wide Area Monitoring, Protection and Control (WAMPAC) systems are being widely deployed in power systems worldwide, and have proven to be a very valuable resource to observe the power system dynamics in the control room and provide advanced situational awareness and dynamic security assessment. Meanwhile, many utilities and research organizations are establishing advanced laboratory facilities to create, model and test new technologies for power systems including WAMPAC systems. Real time simulators are a critical component of these facilities and are expected to benefit and accelerate the advancement and deployment of WAMPAC systems. This panel will discuss the role of RTS in advancing and deployment of WAMPAC systems, and will provide example use cases from representative international lab facilities.


Panelist 1:

Name and title: Georgios Stefopoulos, Director

Organisation: New York Power Authority, USA

Title of presentation: Real-time modeling and simulation of synchrophasor systems at the New York Power Authority: Use cases and applications

Abstract: Wide-area monitoring and closed-loop control systems are a key operational component of the integrated T&D grid of the future. However, although research in these areas has been ongoing for many years and a lot of innovative schemes have been proposed, in practice the industry is significantly lagging with respect to the current the state-of-the-art. This talk will describe some of the current efforts and future plans at the New York Power Authority that explore the use of realistic real-time simulation environments to extensively demonstrate and test such ideas as well as other synchrophasor applications in an attempt to contribute towards bridging this gap between research and field applications.


Panelist 2:

Name and title: Benjamin Marshall – HVDC Technology Manager

Organisation: The National HVDC Centre, UK

Title of presentation: National HVDC Centre, GB – Study of WAMPAC to De-Risk HVDC Integration

Abstract: Within the GB system, the network is undergoing a rapid transition away from conventional forms of carbon intensive energy production towards zero carbon energy production, with the first days operating at Zero carbon expected by the middle of the next decade, and such conditions becoming commonplace thereafter. This is being complemented by a large growth in renewable technologies and HVDC interconnection over the next decade, and in offshore networks utilizing HVDC technology being constructed. With this transition, the traditional providers of system strength, protection performance and stability are reducing in availability. Modern Voltage Source Convertor HVDC convertors are a highly flexible technology able to provide the necessary support by suitable control priorities and tuning being adopted, however to achieve this most effectively this needs to be combined in particular applications with Wide Area Monitoring Protection And Control approaches. This presentation will outline our experiences in studying the use of WAMPAC across a range of applications and our thoughts towards future work in this area.


Panelist 3:

Name and title: Hjörtur Jóhannsson – Senior Scientific Consultant

Organisation: Denmark Technical University, Denmark

Title of presentation: Use of RTDS in R&D of Wide-Area Early-Warning and Early-Prevention Systems

Abstract: This talk will provide an overview of the activities carried out at the Technical University of Denmark that aim towards development of methods for real-time stability monitoring and control, and how the method development process is advanced further by deployment of RTDS for validation of concepts in laboratory environment.