Testing

REAL-TIME SIMULATION & TESTING

Quanta Technology has industry renowned power system and protection experts available for consulting services related to simulation and testing. We provide interactive real-time hardware/software in-loop simulation using (Real-Time Digital Simulation) RTDS® technology, as well as synchrophasor and Wide-Area Monitoring Protection & Control (WAMPAC) simulation and testing capabilities.

REAL-TIME SIMULATION & TESTING UTILIZING REAL-TIME DIGITAL SIMULATION (RTDS) TECHNOLOGY

RTDS is a real-time power system simulation platform for precise modeling and analysis of transient phenomena, utilizing simulation time extremely close to the time frame of actual events. It was primarily developed and utilized for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing of protective relays, digital controllers and process control devices for performance evaluation and pre-commissioning testing under real-world conditions. The precise representation of complex power system transient phenomena (faults, frequency oscillations, voltage collapse) and real-time interactions with the actual control and protective devices are the salient features of RTDS testing.

INDEPENDENT RTDS TESTING LABORATORY FOR DEVICE/APPLICATION PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

Utilities can benefit significantly from utilizing the computing power that RTDS provides. Since most utilities do not own Real-Time Digital Simulators because these are expensive testing tools, Quanta Technology established an RTDS lab in partnership with North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. The lab currently performs testing/analysis for several utilities and manufacturers, including:

  • Test plan and model development                                     
  • Performance validation of new relays
  • End-to-end relay protection scheme testing
  • Testing of PMUs/PDCs
  • Protection testing in real time to ensure dependability and security
  • IEC 61850 simulations to test GOOSE messaging and sampled value implementations
  • Interoperability and conformance testing
  • Root cause analysis of misoperations
  • Power system transient studies and model verification
  • Testing of renewable energy controls
  • Real-time testing of RAS/SPS scheme
  • Test concepts related to Smart Grid
  • Recloser control testing

SYNCHROPHASOR/WAMPAC SIMULATION & TESTING CAPABILITIES

Monitoring of electrical grids is a very critical task and system operators use the monitored data to ensure a safe, reliable and dependable operation. Currently, data provided for such monitoring has a very high latency and this forces system operators to make several assumptions in their analysis and calculations. This is changing with the advent of synchrophasor technology, which transmits data at an extremely fast rate.

Wide-area monitoring based on synchrophasor technology uses PMUs/PDCs and associated communication to transmit information at a very high rate. Hence, PMUs and PDCs are becoming a very important asset in any electrical utility around the world. However, like any system, we have to make sure that the PMUs and PDCs perform correctly and the best way to do this is to test these for assurance. Quanta Technology's simulation and testing capabilities in the area of Synchrophasor/WAMPAC are available to all clients who wish to move into this new era of wide area monitoring. 

Three components make up Quanta Technology's PMU Simulation/Testing offering:

  • Test bench
  • PDC simulation software
  • Real-time hardware/software-in-loop simulation