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Microgrid Solutions

Solar&Wind Power Generation Trainer

This trainer allows to investigate the synchronous operation of Solar Power Generation and Wind Power generation as small microgrid. The solar part consists of a PV panel and an array of halogen lamps as a sun simulator. The positions of both the PV panel and Sun Simulator can be controlled manually using joysticks and also from the software. It allows to simulate real light, daytime, yeartime and investigate the PV performance in different irradiation. The wind part consists of a wind tunnel and a real wind turbine-generator set. It allows to simulate real wind and investigate the generator performance in different wind speeds. In off-grid mode it allows to investigate the battery charging process using a DC charge controller and also the discharge using an AC-DC Inverter and loads. In on-grid mode it allows to implement the synchronization with the Wind Power Generation using a Grid-tie inverter.

Topics covered

  • Structure and design of a solar photovoltaic power plant.
  • Study of photovoltaic solar panels.
  • Operation of the solar power station in battery charging mode.
  • Autonomous operation of a solar power plant supplying a load.
  • Protection in solar power plant in case of emergencies.
  • Structure and characteristics of wind turbines and wind power plants working off-grid.
  • Structure and characteristics of wind generators used in wind power plants.
  • Characteristics of electrical loads of wind power plants.
  • Characteristics of wind power plant in battery charging mode.
  • Characteristics of off-grid wind power plant supplying the load.
  • Protection in wind power plant in case of emergencies.
  • Operation of PV and Wind systems in synchronized mode.
Solar&Wind Power Generation Trainer

Solar&Wind&Fuel Cell Power Generation Trainer

This trainer combines features from Solar Power Generation, Wind Power Generation and Hydrogen Fuel Cell. The Solar Power Generation Trainer mainly consists of solar panel, solar simulator, a battery, a charge controller, an inverter, different types of loads, a solar irradiation sensor, a power supply module and a control and measurement module programmable through LabVIEW.

Topics covered

  • Structure and design of a solar photovoltaic power plant.
  • Study of photovoltaic solar panels.
  • Operation of the solar power station in battery charging mode.
  • Autonomous operation of a solar power plant supplying a load.
  • Structure and characteristics of wind turbines and wind power plants working off-grid.
  • Structure and characteristics of wind generators used in wind power plants.
  • Characteristics of electrical loads of wind power plants.
  • Characteristics of wind power plant in battery charging mode.
  • Characteristics of off-grid wind power plant supplying the load.
  • Structure and design of hydrogen fuel cell.
  • Structure and design of electrolyser.
  • Electrochemical processes of electrolysis.
  • Characteristics of the fuel cell.
Solar&Wind&Fuel Cell Power Generation Trainer

Traditional&Hydro Power Generation Trainer

This trainer allows to investigate how the traditional and renewable generations sources work in parallel (synchronously) within a microgrid. Firstly, the Hydro Generation Trainer is synchronized to the traditional one, and vice versa. In both cases the voltage and frequency regulation is implemented. During the parallel operation of two generation sources, the users are able to adjust the power factor to have minimum reactive power generation.

Topics covered

  • Types of traditional power plants.
  • Energy sources and drive engines of traditional power plants.
  • Electric generators of traditional power plants.
  • Operation of autonomous traditional power plants.
  • Operation of on-grid traditional power plants.
  • Protection in traditional power plant in case of emergencies.
  • Structure of the Turbine.
  • Structure of the Generator.
  • Measurement of the Generated Current, Voltage and Power.
  • Main Characteristics of the turbine.
  • Main Characteristics of the generator.
  • Main characteristics of off-grid hydro power plant.
  • Main characteristics of on-grid hydro power plant.
  • Protection in hydro power plant in case of emergencies.
    Traditional and Hydro Power Generation Trainer

    Smart Grid Trainer

    When having Power Labs Ecosystem Trainers, with a use of the Smart Grid Software it is possible to have a Smart Grid system.

    The system allows to study the main concepts of smart grid, to explore its benefits and advantages in power network. The system includes a chain of power network (traditional, hydro, wind and solar power generations, power transmission and power distribution, etc.). The system is being monitored and controlled form the SCADA software.

    Features

    • Fault protection on generation plants.
    • Synchronization between generating plants.
    • Switching of generation sources in case of consumption increase (energy management).
    • Power transmission monitoring and fault protection.
    • Power distribution monitoring, control and fault protection.
    • Remote control and monitoring of switchgears
      Automatic emergency control of switchgears.
    • Power consumption measurement and power quality analyses.
    • Power consumption tariffs.
    • Alarms&Event and Historical data Handling.

    Key Benefits

    • Wind tunnel for real wind simulation.
    • Real solar panel with sun simulator.
    • Real hydro turbine with a pump for flow simulation.
    • Real 3-phase synchronous generator.
    • Transparent electromechanical relays.
    • Open-source software platform for future modifications.
    • Low voltage usage to avoid shock to the users.
    • Advanced safety measures in the whole trainer to avoid damages due to incorrect terminations.