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Solutions for teaching & Research

In addition to offering special academic discounts any of the OPAL-RT platforms, OPAL-RT has created bundled suites, including HIL hardware, software and courseware, that fully integrate to provide enhanced learning environments.

Their Power Electronics HIL Teaching Laboratory, for example, is a package specifically created for teaching of power electronics principles via interactive experimentation and demonstration. Students can learn about converters, rectifiers and inverters, as well as how to control HIL and RCP control logic tools commonly used in modern power electronics research and development.

The courseware tutorials integrate with OPAL-RT's OP4510 simulator hardware and select National Instrument's (NI) power electronics devices to cover a diverse set of learning experiences using best-in-class products. The partnership with NI provides unrivalled FPGA-based performance, with NI bundling an eHS solver within their hardware; with eHS a generic and reprogrammable FPGA-based electrical solver that provides a convenient user interface to help users bring real-time models created in the simulation tool of their choice (SimScape Power System, Simulink toolbox, PSIM, PLECS Blockset or Multisim) into the OPAL-RT simulation environment.

The PE Lab is also compatible with OPAL-RT's eFPGASIM platform, which the perfect real-time simulation system for all types of electrical conversion test applications, such as renewable energy conversion (photovoltaics, wind power, battery management and microgrid), industrial drive systems, electric drive transportation and power electronics research.


Why OPAL-RT for PE Teaching Labs?

Learning power electronics through HIL and RCP technologies provides many advantages, including:

  • Less lab equipment is needed, meaning lower maintenance times and costs.
  • Editable and upgradable courseware means it can be adapted to fit specific course requirements.
  • Standard industry-grade hardware means the platform is equally suitable for post-grad research level projects.

  • Incorporating the OP4510 compact 2U chassis, which works equally well for desktop or rack mounted setups, the platform provides up to 128 high-performance analogue/digital channels with signal conditioning and 4 SFP-GTX optical high-speed links for hardware interfacing. The standard configuration includes 32 digital outputs, 32 digital inputs, 16 analogue outputs, and 16 analogue inputs.

    Also available are four courseware modules:

  • DC-DC Converters
  • DC-AC Converters
  • AC-DC Rectifiers
  • 3-Phase 3-Level NPC Converters
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    FPGA for high definition and accuracy

    All power electronics models used in the teaching courseware run on FPGA. This means students learn using very high definition, high-speed tools that can visualise all phenomena typically seen using more expensive and time-consuming analogue setups.

    By interfacing the simulator with the OP1200 Modular Multi-level Converter (MMC) test bench, users can expand their capabilities to include prototyping new control algorithms, driving amplifiers that emulate the behavior of a real power systems network, send firing commands and receive measurements (such as cell DC voltages and half arm currents) in real-time.


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