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Smart Grid Technologies Training System



The Smart Grid Technologies Training System combines a modular design approach with computer-based data acquisition and control to provide unrivaled training in smart grid technologies. The system features the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply, Model 8960, and the Data Acquisition and Control Interface, Model 9063, two state-of-the-art USB peripherals that greatly enhance the learning experience of students.

Training begins with the Home Energy Production course. This course familiarizes students with the fundamentals of home energy production from renewable resources such as wind and sunlight. It covers both stand-alone home energy production and grid-tied home energy production. The course also explains and demonstrates how home energy production is an important contributor to the implementation of a smart grid. Students then continue with the following three courses dealing with smart grid technologies:

• Static Var Compensator (SVC)

• Static Synchronous Compensator (STATCOM)

• High-Voltage DC (HVDC) Transmission Systems

These courses introduce students to the fundamentals of SVCs, STATCOMs, and HVDC transmission systems. Students learn that SVCs and STATCOMs, which are examples of flexible ac transmission systems (FACTS), can be used in conjunction with HVDC transmission systems to greatly enhance the controllability and power transfer capability of a power network and are thus essential tools to the implementation of a smart grid. These courses also allow students to experiment with actual SVCs, STATCOMs, and HVDC transmission systems implemented with power electronics modules.

Features & Benefits

  • The training system teaches the principles behind certain key technologies allowing the implementation of a smart grid. These technologies include home energy production, SVCs, STATCOMs, and HVDC transmission systems.
  • Realistic control functions implemented using the Data Acquisition and Control Interface via the LVDAC-EMS software allow the implementation of complex devices such as an SVC and a STATCOM directly in the laboratory.
  • The course curriculum of the Electric Power Technology Training Program is highly flexible and allows a multitude of different customized training solutions.
  • The courseware includes student manuals and instructor guides with all the theory required to perform the hands-on experiments.
  • All workstations, modules, and components are sturdy and protected against electrical damage to ensure a prolonged service life in a demanding environment such as a training laboratory.
  • The modular design approach of the training equipment allows a large variety of courses to be performed using a small number of modules, without unnecessary duplication of equipment.
  • All electrical components can be interconnected without electric shock hazard since all live parts of the connection leads are concealed and insulated.
  • All electrical symbols representing the components used in a laboratory exercise are clearly silk-screened on the front panel of the modules.
  • The training system includes two highly versatile USB peripherals:
    • Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply, Model 8960-2. This module is used as a solar panel emulator with a large variety of configurable parameters.
    • Data Acquisition and Control Interface, Model 9063. This module gives access to a large variety of computer-based measuring instruments and is used to control the various power electronics devices necessary for home energy production, as well as SVC, STATCOM, and HVDC implantation. All functions are implemented via the LVDAC-EMS software.
  • The training system also includes four highly versatile power electronics modules controlled using the Data Acquisition and Control Interface:
    • SVC Reactors/Thyristor Switched Capacitors, Model 8334. This module is used to implement the TCR and TSCs for SVC operation.
    • Insulated DC-to-DC Converter, Model 8835. This module is used to implement a solar/wind power inverter with HF transformer topology.
    • + IGBT Chopper/Inverter, Model 8837-B. This module is used to implement the solar/wind power inverter for home energy production and the three-phase PWM rectifier/inverter for STATCOM operation.
    • Power Thyristors, Model 8841. This module is used to implement the TCR and TSCs for SVC operation and the thyristor converters for HVDC operation.
  • Software upgrades for LVDAC-EMS and firmware upgrades for the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply and Data Acquisition and Control Interface are available for download free of charge on the Festo Didactic website.

Topic Coverage

  • Stand-Alone Home Energy Production
  • The Single-Phase Grid-Tied Inverter (PWM Rectifier/Inverter)
  • Grid-Tied Home Energy Production Using a Solar or Wind Power Inverter without DC-to-DC Converter
  • Grid-Tied Home Energy Production Using a Solar or Wind Power Inverter with DC-to-DC Converter
  • Large-Scale Energy Storage: A Step in the Implementation of the Smart Grid
  • Voltage Regulation and Displacement Power Factor (DPF) in Thyristor Three-Phase Bridges
  • Basic Operation of HVDC Transmission Systems
  • DC Current Regulation and Power Flow Control in HVDC Transmission Systems
  • Commutation Failure at the Inverter Bridge
  • Harmonic Reduction using Thyristor 12-Pulse Converters
  • Main Components of a Static Var Compensator (SVC)
  • Voltage Compensation of AC Transmission Lines using an SVC
  • Dynamic Power Factor Correction Using an SVC
  • Voltage compensation of AC transmission lines using a STATCOM
  • Dynamic Power Factor Correction Using a STATCOM

List of equipment

Qty Description
1 Tabletop Workstation 8134-2
1 Resistive Load 8311
1 Inductive Load 8321
1 Filtering Inductors/Capacitors 8325-A
1 Three-Phase Filter 8326
1 Line Inductors 8326-A
2 Three-Phase Transmission Line 8329
1 Capacitive Load 8331
1 SVC Reactors / Thyristor-Switched Capacitors 8334
2 Three-Phase Transformer Bank 8348-4
2 Three-Phase Regulating Autotransformer 8349
1 Transformer 8353
1 Three-Phase Transformer 8354
1 AC Power Network Interface 8622
1 Lead-Acid Battery Pack 8802-1
1 Variable Three-Phase Power Supply 8821-2
1 Insulated DC-to-DC Converter 8835
1 IGBT Chopper/Inverter 8837-B
2 Power Thyristors 8841-2
1 Connection Lead Set 8951-L
1 Connection Lead Set 8951-N
1 Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply 8960-G
1 Data Acquisition and Control Interface 9063
1 Data Acquisition and Control Interface 9063-H

Additional equipment required to perform the exercises

Qty Description
1 Digital Multimeter 8946-2


Qty Description
1 Software Development Kit (SDK) 8968-7
1 SCADA for LVDAC-EMS 8973
1 Software Development Kit (SDK) 9069-9


Qty Description
1 CD-ROM - PDF Manuals 86361-A

Spare Part

Qty Description
1 Timing Belt 8942
1 Connection Lead Set 8951
1 Fuse SB 5.0 A 71603

Optional Equipment

Qty Description
1 Full-Size Blank EMS Module 8160
1 Half-Size Blank EMS Module 8161
1 DC Motor/Generator, Cut-Away 8211-C
1 Wind Turbine Generator/Controller 8216
1 Four-Pole Squirrel-Cage Induction Motor, Cut-Away 8221-C
1 Three-Phase Wound-Rotor Induction Machine, Cut-Away 8231-C
1 Synchronous Motor/Generator, Cut-Away 8241-C
1 Capacitor Start Motor, Cut-Away 8251-C
1 Timing Belt 8942
1 Multimeters Module 8946-A
1 Turbine Emulator Function Set 8968-3
1 Personal Computer 8990
1 All-in-One Touch Screen Computer (including Monitor Stand with Articulating Arm) 8990-A
1 All-in-one computer 20628
1 Touch-Screen Computer 46299
1 Touch-Screen Computer – Large 46299-A


Qty Description
1 Mobile Workstation 8110-2
1 Storage Shelves 8150-1
1 Dust Cover for Workstations 8991
1 Dust Cover for EMS Storage Cabinet 8992
1 Three-Phase Power Receptable - NEMA L22-20 24183
1 Three-Phase Power Receptable - NEMA L21-20R 24582
1 Three-Phase Power Receptacle - 5-Pin Round 35153
1 External Shelf for the Mobile Workstation 36653
1 Mounting Stand with Articulating Arm 36653-A
1 Mobile Base 88863


Smart Grid Technologies Training System
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