Electrical Grid Simulation
The electrical grid is expected to evolve into a new operational paradigm: the smart grid, an enhancement of the current electrical grid. Traditional electrical grids generally are used to carry power from a few central generators to a large number of users or customers. In contrast, emerging smart grid technology uses two-way rows of electricity and information to create an automated, distributed, and intelligent energy delivery network.
WSC has recently developed a grid simulator for three interconnected countries in Africa to train system operators on grid control in countries where grid frequency and voltage can vary due to the lower grid stability. This grid simulator includes simplified generation capabilities using Hydro Power and other type power generators.
The smart grid allows the power industry to observe and control parts of the system at a higher resolution system wide. The smart grid integrates recent advances in technology, allowing real time information to be sent and received to and from various parts of the grid, facilitating efficient grid operation.
This evolution in technology is best tested and verified through high-fidelity simulators. WSC, through the development of electrical generation simulators, has accumulated the knowledge and expertise required to simulate the intricate interactions between generation, transmission and distribution systems. This knowledge was critical in the development of a generic grid simulator with high-fidelity modeling functionality for generating units (renewable and non-renewable sources) as they interact with the grid for education and engineering purposes.
Operation of today’s complex power systems requires comprehensive knowledge about the dynamics of power generation and distribution systems. The system operator’s awareness about the electrical grid behavior and its interaction with renewable and traditional Power Generation, Transmission, Distribution, and Consumption reduces the risk of blackout conditions.
- Grid Dynamics Frequency Control
- Operator Interaction
- Voltage Control
- Voltage Stability
- Angle Stability
- Power Oscillations
- System Restoration
- Total System Blackout
- Partial System Blackout