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SmarTS-LAB: a Smart Transmission Grids Laboratory at KTH
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electric Power Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4125-1055
2010 (English)Report (Other academic)
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In this document we propose the development of a Smart Transmission Grids Laboratory named (SmarTS-Lab - Smart Transmission Systems-Laboratory) to be developed jointly by KTH-EPS and KTH-ICS. This laboratory has the aim of serving as a test-bench where research enabling the future ?Smart Grids? at the transmission level will be performed. To this aim, the SmarTS-Lab will be designed as a completely configurable system which will allow testing and development of power system operations methods and techniques; control methods, strategies, and algorithms; advanced protective system coordination with system controls; communication network paradigms and computer system architecture paradigms; information and communication technology design specifications - all under a completely controlled environment. This approach will allow the assessment of research ideas by subjecting them to a ?near-real-world? power network (emulated by a highly accurate real-time simulator) and allowing gradual testing of the performance of our research ideas under near ?real-world? conditions imposed by ?actual? communication networks and computer system architectures. It is important to emphasize that this approach will bring to our research area a methodology that is not standard in similar research groups ? a completely controlled environment where we can reproduce experiments. Therefore, this will allow for a very rigorous and careful assessment of new methods and techniques and to determine applications requirements for ICT; in addition to incorporating practical limitations, which are close to those present in the field. Recently, the European Institute of Technology (EIT) assigned KTH as a Smart Grids center. Within the EIT cooperation the proposed SmarTS-Lab will provide a suitable launching platform to develop innovative technologies for Smart Transmission Grids. Once established, the SmarTS-Lab can be used to develop innovative software/hardware solutions that can be used by transmission system operators worldwide. KTH?s long-standing collaboration with ABB and Vattenfall will provide an opportunity to establish the potential of the developed solutions within this EIT collaboration. This laboratory will also serve the larger research and education goals of the EPS and ICS departments at KTH. At EPS it will serve for on-going PhD and Master thesis projects, while it may also be used to perform illustrations for some courses. At ICS it will serve as a canvas where different paradigms of communication methods and computer system architectures for real-time operation of power systems can be demonstrated. This document provides background information and justifications to develop such simulator by KTH EPS and ICS.

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2010. , 9 p.
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Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-63372OAI: diva2:482071
QC 20120126. Internal EPS Report and White PaperAvailable from: 2012-01-26 Created: 2012-01-23 Last updated: 2012-01-26Bibliographically approved

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