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Thank you to all of our new and existing RTDS Technologies users for making 2022 a successful year. After almost three years of travel restrictions, we’re happy to return to in person events and conferences. It’s great to connect with colleagues face-to-face again. We value every opportunity to discuss the technological, economic, and legislative challenges that face the global power industry.

This year, we’ve seen many different innovative power system projects involving the RTDS Simulator. We’re excited to play such an pivotal role in the evolution and modernization of the grid. We look forward to seeing the RTDS Simulator being applied in new and innovative ways, from power plant controller model validation to cyber-physical testbeds!

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In 2022, RTDS Technologies welcomed 48 new institutions to the global RTDS Simulator user community! Here are four institutions we’d like to spotlight.

Location: Canada

About: York University (founded in 1959) is a leading international teaching and research university out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Current projects: York University has set up its second RTDS Simulator lab and
will be using it as part of a cybersecurity testbed. They’ll connect the real-time simulation to a third-party network emulator to evaluate the impact of cyber attacks on the power system.

Location: Sri Lanka

About: One of South Asia’s top institutions “providing transformative education in technological and related disciplines.” They’re also the first Sri Lankan institution to purchase an RTDS Simulator.

Current projects: The university plans to use the RTDS Simulator as part of a microgrid research project. They also plan to use the Simulator for their undergraduate final year projects and collaborative research projects with industrial partners.

Location: Chile

About: A Chilean university revered for graduate and undergradute programs focusing on engineering. They’re also the first university in Chile to purchase an RTDS Simulator.

Current projects: The Simulator will be used by both their power systems and power electronics departments. Their four-quadrant amplifier will allow them to conduct power-hardware-in-the-loop testing of inverters for renewable energy. Using the RTDS Simulator also opens opportunities for them to collaborate with CEN, the Chilean transmission system operator, who also use the Simulator.

Location: Canada

About: EdgeTunePower is a Canadian company that provides hardware-software control solutions for enhancing the resiliency of electrical energy systems.

Current projects: They are commercializing a new distributed power-management-system to enhance the hosting capacity of legacy electric grids for large-scale interconnection of Distributed-Energy-Resources (DERs). The technology will facilitate the energy transition toward a net-zero grid.


During 2022, we’ve seen a big increase in the RTDS Simulator’s use to support renewable energy integration. We are eager to see how some of our recent developments are applied to de-risk inverter-based resources. We anticipate that the both the Universal Converter Model (UCM) and the GTSOC will be involved in exciting new user projects moving forward.

Universal Converter Model (UCM)

The UCM allows for detailed simulation of power electronic converters in the Mainstep environment for the first time. The UCM has enabled users to test low-level firing pulse control and represent full switching detail for several converters on a single core. Running in the Substep environment (at a smaller simulation timestep), the UCM can represent switching in the 200 kHz range.


The GTSOC enables integration of black box control vendor controls into the real-time simulation, allowing users to include the detailed, accurate behaviour of control systems in the HIL environment without having the physical hardware present in the lab. The GTSOC will be instrumental in allowing users to study the interoperability of renewable energy plants and existing power system infrastructure, such as transmission protection and HVDC systems.


We’re looking forward to attending many in person events in 2023 and connecting with the power system and power electronics community. Here’s a quick look at some of the events we’ll be attending, sponsoring, and exhibiting at: