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Power Systems Laboratory

Eur.Ing Dr. Ahmed Zobaa, PhD, CEng, FIET, SMIEEE


PRIMaRE Electrical Engineering Team Leader
a.zobaa@exeter.ac.uk

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Introduction
Power Systems Laboratory is a special part of
Renewable Energy Laboratory funded by
PRIMaRE.
It is based at Camborne School of Mines,
University of Exeter in Cornwall.

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Our Objectives
The research of the Power Systems Laboratory
is based on current problems and developments
in the power industry and based on scientific
methods and tools from system theory.
The major scientific field of the Power Systems
Laboratory comprises analysis and design
of marine renewable energy systems including
their planning, design and operation.
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Technology Transfer
We can transfer our technology in the form
of:
Prototypes
Technical reports
Data
Seminars
Short courses

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Lab Facilities-Hardware

DC Machines
AC Machines
Different Loads
Power Factor Control Unit
Wind Mill Control Unit
dSPACE DS1103 prototyping system
Opal-RT simulator
Measuring Devices
PXI PC-based platform for test

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Lab Facilities-Software

Matlab/Simulink (Computations/simulations)
EMTP-RV/ATP (Transient, isolation coordination)
PSLF(Load flow, short circuit, dynamic)
PSCAD (Power quality studies)
SuperHarm (Power system harmonics)
LabView (Fully functional measurements)
PLECS (High speed simulations)
VisSim (Complex dynamic)
Xilinx (FPGA Digital programmable logic device)

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Lab Facilities-Software
PSpice (Analog circuit and digital logic simulation)
ETAP (Electrical power systems analysis and realtime energy management)
DIgSILENT Power Factory (Generation,
transmission, distribution and industrial systems)
IPSA (Electrical power systems design and
operational planning)
Tecplot (CFD Post-Processing)
JMAG (Electromechanical design)
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Lab Flexibility

Test Automation

User Interface

Modeling

Standard HW

C, C++

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Lab Testing Facility


HOST PC
Offline
operations

REAL-TIME SIMULATOR
Real-time
computation

TCP/IP
Matlab
&Simulin

RT-LAB
k

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Power Amplifier (15 KVA, 25 kHz)


Puissance + PCU-3X5000-BC

Analog
I/O

HARDWARE
UNDER TEST

Target

Real-Time OS QNX 6.x


2 x Intel Xeon QuadCore
(8 CPU total) @ 2,33 GHz
2 GB RAM
Ts sould be < 100s
(50s with RT-LAB)

Voltage/current
sensor (40 kHz)
OPAL-RT OP5511

Opportunities for companies?


To work on all levels for
Power Systems
Power Electronics
Electrical Machines

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Examples
Multi-level
Multi-level Converter
Converter
High
High Power
Power Converter
Electrical
Electrical Drive
Drive

All
All electrical systems

AC-DC,
AC-DC, DC-AC,
DC-AC, DC-DC
DC-DC Power
Power
Converter
Converter
Electrical
Electrical drive,
drive, hybrid
hybrid and
and
plug-in
plug-in hybrid
hybrid
Battery circuit

Fuel cell circuit

Permanent
magnet motor

PWM inverter

240 380 V

2600uF

5200uF

10 kHz DC-DC converters

240- .
400 V

FPU

i550mH vfuel_cell
DC-DC converter

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Digital IN
FPU

CPU 1: (Ts= 10 us)


CPU 2: (Ts= 20 us)

80kW

FPU

duty cycle

Vuvw

Digital OUT
motor

imotor

Motor controller

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Examples
Embedded Distribution
Ships, Aircraft, Spacecraft

HVDC, SVC, FACTS, STATCOM

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Regional Grid, Train tractions systems


and AC Network feeding systems

Micro-Grids, Distributed Generation

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Initiatives for Collaboration


J+S Ltd.
Centrax Limited - Gas Turbine Division
Power Protection & Control

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Power Systems Laboratory


Ph: 01326253632
Email: powersystems@exeter.ac.uk

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