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Real-Time Hardware-in-the-Loop Testbed to Evaluate FLISR Implemented with OpenFMB...

by Aditya Sundararajan, Maximiliano F Ferrari Maglia, Thomas B Ollis, Neil E Shepard
Publication Type
Conference Paper
Book Title
2022 IEEE International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems (PEDG)
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Page Numbers
1 to 5
Publisher Location
New Jersey, United States of America
Conference Name
IEEE International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems (PEDG 2022)
Conference Location
Kiel, Germany
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With the increasing complexity of the distribution smart grid architecture, algorithms such as the fault location, isolation, and service restoration (FLISR) scheme rely on robust communications that are resilient to natural and man-made adverse conditions and exhibit robustness. Existing communications infrastructure for information exchange are centralized at the distribution management system, with very little autonomy or intelligence at the grid-edge. As a first step towards achieving grid-edge self-healing, this paper aims to bridge this shortcoming by implementing a centrally coordinated rules-based FLISR scheme and integrating it with Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB), which is a flexible publish-subscribe architecture with the potential to enable point-to-multipoint communications and is more robust and resilient to natural and man-made adverse conditions. A proof of concept is developed to validate the centrally coordinated FLISR and OpenFMB mounted on an SEL-3360 computer that interacts with a simple feeder network of five SEL-651R relays, an SEL-3530 RTAC, and a hardware-in-the-loop testbed. Results demonstrate the efficacy of this approach in enabling direct, low-latency information exchange. OpenFMB's publish-subscribe data model also opens new ways to enable grid-edge interoperability among devices of different vendors interacting with different protocols.