User Spotlight Series

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Connect virtually with RTDS users around the globe this September

What to Expect

We are excited to announce our first-ever User Spotlight Series! This webinar-based event will showcase the work of RTDS Simulator Users worldwide each week during September 2020. Webinars will include two 20-minute presentations from users, followed by 10-minute Q&As, plus commentary from RTDS Technologies. 

Adapted from our popular in-person User’s Group Meetings, the virtual User Spotlight Series is your opportunity to hear user success stories, learn about their challenges, and explore new applications. 

Stay tuned for details on registration!

Details for Presenters

We are now accepting abstracts for presentations!

  • Presentations on all applications are welcome
  • Presentations will be 20 minutes followed by 10-minute Q&As
  • Abstracts should be between 150-250 words; no pictures or diagrams
  • Send abstracts to by July 10, 2020

Presentation highlights from past UGMs

Simplified Generic Wind Turbine Models for HVDC Offshore Projects

Presenters: Ralf Toma & Murat Sezer, Siemens AG

Abstract: Siemens presents the development of simplified generic wind turbine models in Simulink, the procedure of benchmarking these models for real-time simulation and the project test environment.  Siemens will also present the SIL and HIL models of synchronous condenser excitation system in RTDS.  The validation HIL and SIL will be shown on the plots. Furthermore no load step response test from substation will be validated against SIL & HIL test results.

Download the presentation here.

Installation and Interfacing HVDC Control Replicas at The National HVDC Centre

Presenter: Ian Cowan, The National HVDC Centre

Abstract: This presentation will describe the practicalities of procuring, installing and interfacing HVDC control replicas at the National HVDC Centre in the summer of 2018. The presentation will also describe the subsequent use of the installed replicas to prove and test control measures required for integration of the Caithness-Moray VSC HVDC circuit into the weak AC network of the north of Scotland.

Download the presentation here.

PHIL and CHIL simulation for education, research and testing

Presenter: Panos Kotsampopoulos, National Technical University of Athens

Abstract: PHIL and CHIL simulation is proving to be an efficient tool for education, research and testing. The development of hands-on laboratory exercises at NTUA using HIL simulation and experiential learning will be presented. The combination of CHIL and PHIL for testing smart grid control algorithms will be reported as well as the use of “testing chains” for system-level and component-level controllers. Most of the presented activities have been performed in the framework of the H2020 ERIGrid project.

Download the presentation here.


SDG&E’s Testbeds for Microgrid Controls, Distribution Protection and Automation, and communication Schemes in RT-HIL

Presenter: Amin Salmani, San Diego Gas & Electric

Abstract: In this presentation Amin Salmani will present RTDS activities within SDG&E, which includes SDG&E’s testbeds for microgrid controls, distribution protection and automation, and communication schemes in RT-HIL environment. This presentation will include in depth description of two of SDG&E’s most recent projects that have taken advantage of RTDS capabilities. Furthermore, Amin will briefly introduce the rest of RTDS oriented projects with describing/showing developed testbeds at SDG&E’s Integrated Test Facility (ITF).

Download the presentation here.

How RTDS and SEL Marked Historic Milestone in Power System Protection

Presenter: Jordan Bell, Schweitzer Engineering Labs Abstract: Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) has a 345 kV series-compensated transmission line that was bisected by a new substation. The location of this substation resulted in one of the new line segments being overcompensated by 170 percent. Because of this, the line protection scheme applied by PNM included both phasor-based and ultra-high-speed (UHS) protection using incrementaland traveling-wave-based principles. This marked the first time that a relay based on traveling-wave protection principles was applied to protect a high-voltage transmission line with the trip circuits live to the breakers. This event was made possible with the use of the new Traveling Wave Relay Testing (TWRT™) capability in the Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS®).
Download the presentation here.