Smart Grid Lab – Newcastle University

The focus of Newcastle University’s Smart Grid Lab is the simulation of distribution networks under future scenarios.

An integral part of this system is a real-time network simulator (RTNS). This allows for detailed real-time simulation of networks using sophisticated models that can interact with the physical laboratory environment.

  • 400 V 3 phase distribution ring connected to various devices. Energised by 3 phase motor/ generator or flexible power convertor.
  • Physical laboratory equipment with an opal-rt real time simulator each site, used to simulate large scale transmission & distribution networks in real time.
  • AC/DC converters with flexible control systems, integrate energy storage, PV emulator, demand, energy storage emulator.
  • Impedance bank & measurement and control devices.
  • Models and data which enable simulation and experimentation on local regional, and national energy systems.