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The INCREASE                                                      Winter 2016 European Energy Innovation  13
simulation platform

NEW CHALLENGES IN THE DISTRIBUTION NETWORK                        •	 Offers the ability to perform time-series simulation with
                                                                      reduced execution times.
Over the past decades, research has been focused
                  on developing software tools to analyze, plan,  •	 Allows the integration of load and generation forecasting
                  optimize and simulate electrical networks. The      algorithms for short- and medium-term provision of
                  advent of distributed generation (DG) has           reserve, focusing on the power loss reduction, maximizing
gradually changed power flow in the power distribution                active power injection and the optimal performance of
network from downstream unidirectional to a bidirectional             DRES.
scheme, introducing challenging technical issues, such
as unacceptable overvoltages, voltage unbalances, line            •	 Employs a discrete LAN simulator of communication
congestions, and protection issues. Although novel                    networks to evaluate the communication performance
control schemes have been proposed for interfacing DGs                and the vulnerability of a communication-based control
to the grid and mitigating these issues, such controlled              system.
inverters need to be also efficiently incorporated in the
simulation software packages. A major drawback of current         •	 Simple GUI for the power system design with user-friendly
software platforms is that they usually have a closed form            post-processing tools for reporting and plotting results.
architecture, not allowing the easy and efficient integration of
user developed models, especially regarding control               •	 Built-in import and export features for most common data
systems.                                                              and calculation formats.

                                                                  •	 Flexible platform based on open-source software with
                                                                      modular architecture structure to readily integrate future
                                                                      packages, features and functions.

THE INCREASE APPROACH                                             The above features and advantages, make the INCREASE
To overcome these issues, a new simulation platform has           simulation platform a competitive simulation program among
been developed in the framework of the INCREASE project,          other commercial and open-source software packages.
allowing the efficient integration of several distributed
renewable energy sources (DRES) control strategies. The new       KEY STAKEHOLDERS
simulation tool has the following basic characteristics:          The key stakeholders that can make use of the INCREASE
•	 Employs phasor-domain solutions, resulting in short            simulation platform include:
                                                                  •	 Distribution system operators (DSOs). They can perform
    execution times even in cases of extended distribution
    networks.                                                         long-term analysis of the distribution grids to assess
•	 Offers a graphical user interface (GUI) for the convenient         different control techniques of DRESs and their impacts.
    input and configuration of the system under study.            •	 Transmission system operators (TSOs). The INCREASE
•	 Can allow the efficient incorporation of any DG control            simulation platform can be a valuable tool for developing
    scheme.                                                           and/or evaluating the provision of ancillary services for
•	 Can be interlinked with other software platforms                   the TSOs.
    and tools to form a generic co-simulation platform,           •	 Aggregators. It can be used as a powerful tool for the
    capable to simulate modern power system networks                  aggregators to ensure the safe and reliable network
    from both power, control and communication point                  operation, following certain interventions.
    of view.                                                      •	 Power retailers. The developed platform can be used to
                                                                      investigate different pricing policies for the prosumers,
FEATURES                                                              taking also into consideration the network operation from
The INCREASE simulation platform provides the user with               a power systems point of view.
a co-simulation tool that can be used to investigate the          •	 Other regulatory authorities. They can exploit the
influence of DRESs on their distribution system. In general,          INCREASE simulation platform to develop new and/or
the simulation platform offers the following major features:          assess existing regulatory frameworks.
•	 Detailed analysis of MV/LV electrical power grids,             •	 Energy companies. It can be used to investigate the long-
                                                                      term performance of the network from the grid side as
    including all potential DRESs, DGs, loads and control             well as from the economic point of view.
    systems and high-end control schemes in DRESs. Due to         •	 Universities or research institutes. They can perform
    the required analysis, a quasi-dynamic solution is adopted.       simulation studies to evaluate existing control techniques
•	 Incorporation of an adaptive Multi-Agent System (MAS)              and/or to develop new control strategies. l
    taking into account multi-objective control algorithms as
    well as the communication among the individual agents.          Contact details:
•	 Implementation of a multi-layer control strategy for             Dr. ir. Bart Meersman –
    the secure and optimal operation of active distribution         &
    grids. The distinct control strategies are coordinated by       Prof. dr. ir. Grigoris Papagiannis –
    employing a user defined timeslot concept.
•	 Ability to simulate balanced as well as unbalanced
    distribution networks with high accuracy.
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