Power supply systems are undergoing significant changes with the increasing importance of regenerative energy and the growing popularity of electric vehicles. Due to variations in energy supply and demand, these systems must be highly flexible and need intelligent subsystems for energy distribution and storage to keep energy losses at a minimum.
Electric vehicles are a suitable option to even out fluctuations by connecting them to the grid whenever additional power is needed or excess power is available to be stored for later use (vehicle-to-grid, V2G).
The variations in energy supply and demand throughout the day require a close monitoring of the grid as well as an efficient energy management system that allows power suppliers to respond immediately to any changes. To create such a highly flexible system, numerous power electronics devices are necessary. Their functionality and interactions must be tested thoroughly to make the power supply system reliable. The dSPACE tool chain provides comprehensive support for any required test case, such as hardware-in-the-loop controller tests or real-time simulations with SCALEXIO to fully test microgrids, smart grids, or V2G. One central component that must be tested extensively is the smart grid controller. It lets you integrate the smart grid into the utility grid and manages their interaction.
With dSPACE tools, you can simulate all parts of the network based on your requirements:
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