GridTeractions: Simulation platform to interact with distribution systems

Cristian Zambrano, Cesar Trujillo, David Celeita, Miguel Hernandez, Gustavo Ramos

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This paper describes the design and implementation of GridTeractions, a scalable framework for teaching and testing advanced distribution automation strategies in smart grids. GridTeractions provides a hardware-software platform to interact with online running simulation of distribution systems. The interactive approach leads to fast learning processes for power systems students. Besides, the detailed modeling and continuous results emulate the real systems' operation. This feature allows realistic feedback for testing and design of future automation strategies. The platform uses network communications with Human-Machine Interfaces developed in microprocessor terminals (Raspberry PI 2) to achieve multi-terminal operation. Systems are modeled with OpenDSS scripts and managed by DSSim-PC in order to run simulations in time series with phase domain results, allowing users to continuously evaluate the electrical variables. This paper includes the architecture description, implementation details and validations based in the IEEE test feeders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2016
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781509041688
StatePublished - Nov 10 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2016 - Boston, United States
Duration: Jul 17 2016Jul 21 2016

Publication series

NameIEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting
ISSN (Print)1944-9925
ISSN (Electronic)1944-9933


Conference2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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