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  • University of Alberta selects the RTDS Simulator for Donadeo Innovation Centre

    October 24, 2017

    RTDS Technologies is pleased to announce that the University of Alberta has officially selected the RTDS Simulator as the technology of choice for their real time simulation laboratory at the Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering. The University of Alberta will receive a powerful RTDS Simulator comprised of two NovaCor chassis with a total of seven licensed cores, as well as both conventional and ethernet-based I/O components for interfacing external hardware. The Simulator will be used as a key tool for transmission level studies and the modelling of power systems with both AC and DC components, including the modelling of LCC, VSC, and modular multilevel converters.

    The University of Alberta is now one of over 170 universities and research institutions worldwide using the RTDS Simulator for testing control and protection systems and simulating power systems at the transmission and distribution level. Their new Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering will be a hub of research activity, providing great opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration among professors and students.

    RTDS Technologies Inc.
  • NYPA’s AGILe lab to feature NovaCor!

    October 12, 2017

    New York Power Authority’s AGILe lab to feature the RTDS Simulator

    NovaCor-cubicleRTDS Technologies is pleased to announce that it was awarded a project by New York Power Authority to deliver a NovaCor based RTDS real-time power system simulator for use in NYPA’s Advanced Grid Innovation Laboratory for Energy (AGILe).  The AGILe lab will be used to study advanced transmission applications and perform studies in the areas of Cyber Security, Sensors, Automation and Controllers.  The real-time operation of the RTDS permits major utilities such as NYPA to develop high fidelity models of their grid and to interconnect physical control and protection equipment to the simulator.  Performance of the control and protection equipment can then be evaluated under various steady-state and dynamic conditions to verify correct operation before that equipment is installed in the field.  In addition to observing the behaviour of the interconnected equipment, NYPA will be able to verify that the parameters and settings for the equipment are correct.

    RTDS Technologies Inc.
  • September issue of RTDS News is available!

    October 5, 2017

    Check out the September issue of RTDS News, now available for download. This issue features the record-breaking project with China’s SGEPRI/NARI. Our guest article, by Hyosung Corporation in Korea, focuses on the development of an MMC-based STATCOM using the RTDS Simulator. And, as always, we talk about the latest features in RSCAD. Download your copy today!


    RTDS Technologies Inc.
  • RTDS Technologies to provide record-breaking simulator to China’s SGEPRI/NARI

    September 27, 2017

    36 NovaCor units will be added to the existing simulator installation at SGEPRI / NARI, making NARI the owner of the world’s largest and most capable real time power system simulator


    After the record-breaking expansion project, NARI’s RTDS Simulator will contain 40 NovaCor chassis

    RTDS Technologies has been selected as the provider of a record-breaking expansion project to the real time power system simulation laboratory at State Grid Electric Power Research Institute (SGEPRI) / NARI in Nanjing, China. The project will see 36 NovaCor units added to the existing simulation facility, giving the laboratory a total of 40 NovaCor units and 16 GTWIF/PB5-based racks. This makes NARI’s RTDS Simulator the world’s largest and most capable real time power system simulator.

    RTDS Technologies won the project, having competed with HYPERSIM as marketed by OPAL-RT and Keliang Technology. NARI’s many years of successful experience with the technology and world class simulation support from the manufacturer meant that the RTDS Simulator emerged as the technology of choice.

    NARI was an early adopter of real time power system simulation, having been one of the first two companies in China to invest in RTDS Simulator hardware over twenty years ago. Over time, NARI acquired 16 RTDS Simulator racks which have been successfully used to support their work in the design and functional and dynamic testing of protection, automation, control, HVDC, and FACTS systems. More recently, upon the release of the new generation of simulation hardware for the RTDS Simulator, NARI acquired 4 NovaCor™ units to increase their simulation capabilities.

    The record-breaking expansion project at NARI will see the addition of 36 NovaCor units to the existing simulation facility. NovaCor is the most powerful generation of simulation hardware for the RTDS Simulator – based on a multicore processor, the NovaCor platform allows users to simulate larger and more complex networks than ever before. NARI’s RTDS Simulator is now capable of simulating systems comprised of more than 3600 three-phase buses and 20 HVDC links. The simulation hardware will be the critical tool at the heart of NARI’S SGCC System Protection Key Lab, where it will be used for validating system-level protection schemes, including wide area protection and control, AC and multiple HVDC coordination, and system stability control. NARI is among many of the world’s leading research, development, and testing institutes adopting the NovaCor technology to enhance their real time power system simulation capabilities.

    Throughout the last twenty years, the RTDS Simulator has played a key role in the rapid and successful expansion of China’s power system infrastructure, allowing in-depth investigation and study of some of the most complex and interdependent power systems in the world. All of the HVDC and UHVDC links in China have been tested using the RTDS Simulator, including Tian-Guang, Gui-Guang, Yun-Guang UHVDC, Shang-Shan UHVDC, Ji-Quan UHVDC, Ling-Shao UHVDC, and Jiu-Hu UHVDC. More recently, as complex, modular multi-level converters (MMC) have emerged as a critical technology in the HVDC field, the RTDS Simulator has been used in the control and interaction studies of all MMC-based HVDC projects in China. This includes Zhou-Shan 5 Terminal MMC HVDC, Xia-Men Bipole MMC HVDC, Luo-Ping Back to Back MMC HVDC, Yu-E MMC HVDC Links, and more.

    The RTDS Simulator will meet NARI’s requirement that the 16 existing simulator racks be compatible with the new hardware supplied for the project. NovaCor is fully compatible with the previous GTWIF-based racks. NARI can leverage this compatibility to perform very large-scale simulations involving all simulation equipment on site simultaneously if desired. RTDS Technologies’ design philosophy, which ensures compatibility between hardware generations, will allow NARI to use the combined system to the best of its capability.

    RTDS Technologies will provide comprehensive on site training as well as ongoing simulation support services in order to ensure that NARI continues to make successful use of real time simulation to support the development and critical testing of their equipment. RTDS Technologies is proud to be supporting NARI in the establishment of a world class simulation facility for these critical design and operational studies.

    RTDS Technologies Inc.
  • Joint training course: RTDS Technologies and IEC 61850 University

    July 26, 2017

    RTDS Technologies is pleased to announce that the upcoming RTDS Simulator Advanced Applications Training Course, which will focus on IEC 61850 and GTNET applications, will be held as a joint training course in conjunction with the world-renowned IEC 61850 University. This first-ever collaboration course with IEC 61850 University is an unmissable opportunity for RTDS Simulator users who want the best information on using IEC 61850 in conjunction with their real time simulations.

    The course will take place from September 25 to 29, 2017, in Winnipeg, Canada – the world headquarters of RTDS Technologies. It will focus on the fundamentals and principles of the IEC 61850 standard and its related applications, and will include three full days of hands on exercises using IEC 61850 with the RTDS Simulator. This will be the first training course worldwide in which trainees will use the all-new RTDS Simulator Protection and Automation Suite. Topics, exercises, and demonstrations include the following:

    • IEC 61850 guiding principles and structure of standard
    • IEC 61850 system architecture and data models
    • IEC 61850 project specification, engineering and commissioning, conformance, and project examples
    • Configuring IEC 61850 Sampled Values and GOOSE data streams via the GTNETx2 card for the RTDS Simulator
    • Closed-loop testing of a physical relay using IEC 61850 GOOSE and Sampled Values streaming from and to the RTDS Simulator
    • Use of the RTDS Simulator’s Protection and Automation Suite for simulation of IEC 61850 MMS Servers

    This course is targeted at experienced RTDS Simulator users. A fundamentals course on using the RTDS Simulator and the RSCAD software will be hosted the previous week (September 18 to 22) in Winnipeg. Click here for more information on the courses.

    Meet the course instructors:

    Eric Xu
    Lead Simulation and Automation Engineer, RTDS Technologies

    Eric Xu joined RTDS in 2009, and since then has been involved in technical support, user training, and GTNET component model development.  Eric is a Registered Professional Engineer and a member of IEEE. He is also an active member of IEC Technical Committee 57 Working Group 10 which is the section working on the development of the communication standards for substations – functional architecture and general requirements.


    Dustin Tessier
    Managing Director, Tesco Automation

    Dustin Tessier is the Managing Director for Tesco Automation, which is a system integrator specializing in the engineering, procurement, and commissioning of PAC and SCADA systems, with a particular focus on IEC 61850 based systems. He is a member of IEC Technical Committee 57 Working Group 10 and chair to the IEC Smart Grid Systems Committee and is actively involved with the ongoing development of the IEC 61850 standard.


    Click here for course information and registration


    RTDS Technologies Inc.