Distributed multiport converters for integration of renewables, storage systems and loads while enhancing performance and resiliency of modern distributed networks

Project Objectives

IPLUG develops a set of novel power electronics solutions based on multiport converters in order to enhance the integration of multiple renewable sources, energy storage systems and loads. The proposed converters, installed in several optimal locations, can facilitate a massive integration of renewables, avoiding grid congestion, and allowing the provision of functionalities to both the end users and the distribution grid. ​

The project studies both system-level aspects and detailed power electronics innovative solutions for low and medium-voltage applications. Multiport power converters and their inner control are designed and validated experimentally in the laboratory in Software-in-the-loop (SIL), Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL), and Power-hardware-in-the-loop (P-HIL) contexts.​


Typhoon’s role as a project partner

Typhoon HIL is responsible for supporting real-time testing of the novel multi-port converter controls. To support this, Typhoon HIL is providing the academic partners access to its TyphoonSim software as well as managing joint access to a hardware-in-the-loop testbed hosted in Novi Sad, Serbia for the purposes of supporting Model-in-the-loop and Control-hardware-in-the-loop tests. Additionally, Typhoon HIL is providing support for partner’s converter modeling efforts to ensure such multi-port converter models can operate in real-time with sufficient fidelity.​

Field of Science

  • EC: Electrical engineering, Electronic engineering, Information engineering ​
  • Consortium: Multi-port converter, Renewables integration, Meshed grids, Soft open points, AC-DC, DC-Bus, Conversion loss reduction, Grid stability​
  • TH: Grid Modernization, Power Electronics