To address the demanding needs of industry and university research groups pursuing critical innovations in Smart Grid and Microgrid technologies, National Instruments has joined forces with other industry leaders to create a new research testbed architecture. Join us for an introduction and live demonstration of the new open source, commercially available platform spans from a low cost MyRIO Bidirectional Microgrid Inverter that enables students to form a desktop Microgrid, up to a full power 480 VAC, 100 kVA Semikron back-to-back inverter cabinet.
A core element are new low voltage Semikron grid tied inverter cabinets with NI CompactRIO Ethernet TSN Sync Inverter control systems and embedded Opal-RT real-time digital twin HIL simulators. Design teams now can go from a research paper to working, grid tied prototype in just days. Using open source reference design frameworks, new control algorithms are developed in a co-simulation environment and then rapidly deployed to physical hardware. Teams can move back and forth between deployment and simulation multiple times in a day, and easily compare measured and simulated results.