Microgrid & DER Controller Symposium
Microgrid & DER Controller Symposium

Microgrid & DER Controller Symposium

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MIT Samberg Conference Center

50 Memorial Drive

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

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The Microgrid & DER Controller Symposium showcases an engineering capability-- a real-time hardware-in-the-loop testbed -- that provides a fundamentally new way for utility distribution system engineers to do their design, analysis, integration, testing, and certification. Microgrid controllers are the most complex example of solutions utility distribution system engineers will deploy in coming years. The Symposium will show how a HIL test platform can be used to develop complex microgrid systems.

This Symposium will bring together Microgrid & DER controller vendors, microgrid developers, energy infrastructure decision makers, utility engineers and state and national energy leaders to:

  • Introduce the latest developments in microgrid & DER controllers and real-time power system simulation technologies
  • Demonstrate functionality of existing microgrid & DER controllers on a realistic community microgrid
  • Foster connections between microgrid vendors and developers, distribution utilities and distribution utility engineers responsible for DER deployment and interconnection


Throughout the afternoon, microgrid controller vendors will showcase real-time operation of their controllers on a microgrid hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) demonstration platform. Symposium participants will have an opportunity to view these demonstrations operating a multi-megawatt, distribution-scale microgrid.


Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL)
Eaton Corporation
Schneider Electric
General Electric


Typhoon HIL
OPAL - RT Technologies
Center for Advanced Power Systems
(CAPS) - Florida State University

Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
RTDS/Nayak Corporation
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL)


8:00 am – 8:45 am Breakfast and Registration

8:45 am – 9:00 am Welcome and Introduction

National Grid

9:00 am – 9:30 am Keynote Address - Federal Microgrid Research

Dan Ton, Program Manager, Power Systems Engineering Research and Development, Office of Electricity Delivery and Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy

9:30 am – 10:00 am Introduction to the Microgrid Controller Hardware-in-the-Loop Laboratory Testbed and Open Platform (HILLTOP)

Erik Limpaecher, Assistant Group Leader, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

10:00 am – 10:40 am A Simulated Day in the Life of a Microgrid Controller / HILLTOP Demonstration #1 Focus: Islanding

Reynaldo Salcedo-Ulerio, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

10:40 am – 11:10 am Break / HILLTOP Demonstration #2 → Focus: DER Integration

HIL Showcase / Kendall Nowocin, MIT

11:10 am – 11:30 am Evaluation of Microgrid Controller Performance Results

Brian Miller, NREL

11:30 am – 11:50 pm EPRI Update on Latest Research & Testing of Control Systems

Arindam Maitra, Technical Executive, EPRI

11:50 pm – 12:10pm Integrating Microgrid and other Device Controllers with Utility Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS)

Carlos Nouel, Vice President, National Grid

12:10 pm – 1:10 pm Lunch

HIL Showcase

1:10 pm – 1:30 pm Smart Grid in a Room Simulator (SGRS) Demonstration of Plug-and-Play Design and Operation of Microgrids

Professor Marija Ilic, MIT / MIT Lincoln Laboratory

1:30 pm – 2:10 pm Lessons Learned in Microgrid Protection and Control: The Case for Fast, Reliable, and Adaptive Systems

Scott Manson, Supervising Engineer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

2:10 pm – 3:10 pm Break / HILLTOP Demonstration #3 → Focus: Optimization

HIL Showcase

3:10 pm – 3:50 pm HILLTOP Demonstration #4 → Focus: Protection
Ivan Celanovic, Typhoon HIL

4:00 pm – 4:20 pm How to Participate in the Electric Power Hardware-in-the-loop Controls Collaborative (EPHCC) and Open Source Repository

Chris Smith, Technical Staff, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

4:20 pm – 4:40 pm Opportunities to Advance State of the Art in Microgrid Controls & DER Integration

Babak Enayati, National Grid
Galen Nelson, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Erik Limpaecher, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

4:45 pm – 6:00 pm HIL Showcase and Networking Reception

The HIL Platform is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy,

Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability

Click here to read about the simulations during the first Symposium on October 1, 2015 in the report "Development of a Real-Time Hardware-in-the-Loop Power Systems Simulation Platform to Evaluate Commercial Microgrid Controllers”: http://www.ll.mit.edu/mission/engineering/Publications/TR-1203.pdf

For full technical details, including DER and power system component models, load profiles, test scripts, C-HIL device interface designs, unit test scripts, and documentation, please visit this GitHub repository: https://github.com/PowerSystemsHIL

New developments will be presented at the event on February 16.


For questions please contact Jessica Ridlen at jridlen@masscec.com.

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