More Grid Stability thanks to international cooperation


Researchers link ten simulators for a transatlantic realtime simulation. The demo took place in the Idaho National Lab, USA on 29.09.2017. Steffen Vogel from ACS visited the demo and Prof. Antonello Monti headed a related live-workshop at ISGT.


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„Scientists from the USA and Europe bring their knowledge, experiences and their powerful realtime simulators together in the project ‚Global Real-Time Super Lab‘, in order to make the global power grids ready for the enormous challenges of the future.“ Professor Antonello Monti from the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems (ACS) of E.ON Energy Research Center (RWTH Aachen University) concludes in one sentence, what numerous researchers are working on in an unequaled transatlantic cooperation. In the USA, three national research facilities and three universities are involved. The european part is taken by the university Politecnico di Torino, Italy and ACS. Part of the research is how data and energy exchange can be used over long distances, in order to balance supply and demand of electrical power and prevent blackouts in a large area, or at least decrease their duration and consequences. Currently systems of that kind work in continental dimensions, at most. Lastly the scientists have one common vision: the developement of a reliable, resilient global supply grid with DC bridges between continents and systems, that is safe against external effects.

Author. Dr. Rolf Sweekhorst

  Positioning and links of the ten simulators Copyright: © Institute ACS, RWTH Aachen A total of ten realtime simulators of distinct design types from eight research sites in Europe and the USA work together in the project „Global Real-Time Super Lab“. A comparable project in such an extent did not exist before.