Real time testing with hardware in the loop technology
EPEC Group has collaborated with the University of Queensland to develop an innovative hardware in the loop (HIL) technology. Using a real-time pre-commissioning platform for integrating distributed photovoltaic energy resources, it streamlines connections, enhances performance and expedites revenue generation.
This technology uses real-time simulation and testing of generator control systems to enable a thorough evaluation of performance and compliance with the National Electricity Rules and associated regulations.
Prepare for commissioning with hardware in loop
Validating model performance against the performance of real-world control system software and hardware using HIL technology ensures a seamless transition from construction to commissioning. This mitigates common software-to-hardware benchmarking challenges posed by the aggregated nature of inverter-based systems. This is especially important for hybrid systems seeking to connect via the upcoming Integrated Resource Provider (IRP) framework. EPEC Group’s HIL capability enables generators to identify potential issues, optimise system parameters, and guarantee optimal operation to maximise reliability and performance before commencing R2 hold-point testing.
1. Maximising reliability and performance
By resolving potential issues and optimising system parameters early, operational efficiency of renewable generators is improved. This also minimises the risk of downtime or underperformance, leading to increased profitability and long-term viability for projects.
2. Mitigating risks and ensuring compliance
Proactive identification and resolution of potential issues significantly reduce the likelihood of costly delays, penalties, and regulatory setbacks during the commissioning process. EPEC Group’s expertise in liaising between generator clients and original equipment manufacturer vendors guarantee a streamlined compliance process, so that generators can become compliant registered participants in the National Electricity Market. This eliminates compliance-related worries and provides a competitive advantage in the renewable energy sector.
3. Streamlining commissioning, compliance, and integration
Identifying and resolving integration challenges beforehand empowers generators to save both time and resources. Through comprehensive testing and assessment, working with a high voltage connection specialists can facilitate a smooth transition from construction to commercial operation. This streamlined approach expedites the commissioning phase, accelerating project commercialisation and revenue generation.
4. Empowering on-site engineers
When engineers on-site are empowered to make timely and informed decisions, site performance is optimised, ensuring efficient operations during deployment. High voltage connection specialist can provide hands-on support that fosters confidence among project teams to enhance project execution and delivery.
5. Enhancing confidence and establishing stronger partnerships
Confidence in a project’s reliability and compliance assures stakeholders that the renewables project will deliver as promised, leading to improved long-term viability and sustainable growth. By providing assurance to investors, network operators, and end-users, partnerships are strengthened and attract increased investment opportunities.