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Low voltage lab 

Electric grids are undergoing rapid evolution as new technology enables them to be better connected to provide optimal performance as a power system. The widespread introduction of renewable energy sources is leading to more frequent imbalances and voltage fluctuations. With a smartly designed grid, these problems can be partially avoided. Through IoT technology and algorithms, undesirable situations can be detected faster and adjusted fully automatically. At EnergyVille, we invest in both AC and DC network upgrades and therefore have both types of technology. 

Target audiences

Who is this lab interesting for?

  • Designers of energy management systems, home automation systems, control algorithms and other technology-driven energy systems
  • Researchers wishing to investigate the impact of innovative network configurations to system performance
  • Developers of mixed systems incorporating both AC and DC components

What can you use the lab for?

  • Testing communication systems on electrical lines in disturbed grids
  • Long-term automatic cycling of Li-ion batteries and reference performance testing
  • Research on low-voltage distribution networks with a high share of renewable energy sources:
    • Development and testing of Intelligator®: an agent-based control algorithm to match supply and demand
    • Quality of electricity: voltage drops, asymmetry, harmonic distortion
    • Managing voltage drops: taking into account grid constraints by adjusting power output
    • Control algorithms for inverters in grid imbalances
  • Data analysis:
    • Different power flows (V, I, cosφ, etc.) are fed into a dedicated SCADA system
    • Accurate high-speed PQ measurements in accordance with EN 50160

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