MODERN TESTING ENVIRONMENT FOR FUNCTIONAL AND CONTRIBUTION STUDIES
Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) is a method of combining laboratory and simulation environments with each other. The benefits of grid simulation are integrated into the labora-tory infrastructure to not only test the full range of functions of initial concepts as well as extensive smart grid technologies, but also analyze the contribution of distributed generators to grid stability and grid operation in a realistic testing environment.
In the industry, the tests serve to bridge the gap between standardized laboratory tests and expensive field tests, because they allow forinvestigating a wide range of possible scenarios in advance, which can otherwise only be depicted in field tests. The reduced need for field testing and preoptimization saves plenty of time and resources.
In research, HIL systems are used specifically for the further development of prototypes and/or the development of innovative strategies for new grid components to ensure general grid stability.