Solar inverters are playing a transformative role in shaping the future of electrical energy by driving the adoption of solar power, enabling clean energy integration, and contributing to a more sustainable and resilient energy landscape. Being a major component to reduce carbon emissions and decentralize energy by enabling distributed solar installation, individuals, businesses, and communities are investing in solar inverters to generate their own clean energy, reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, to stirve towards complete energy independence.
Being a fundamental component of power electronics systems, thorough testing is required early and often to optimize energy conversion, ensure grid compatibility, enhance power quality, and contribute to the growth of renewable energy adoption suitable for use in homes, businesses, and the power grid. In this case, Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) testing is crucial to ensure the proper and safe operation of photovoltaic (PV) systems as solar inverters are responsible for converting the DC (direct current) output of solar panels into AC (alternating current) electricity that can be fed into the grid or used to power local loads.
Typhoon HIL provides a solution to your needs in the control software development and testing for inverter products. We support control developers as they are using HIL technologies for early verification and validation (V&V) to rapidly certify control functionality, automatically generated code, and ensure life cycle testing is reliable.
The Typhoon HIL advantage:
- Delivers a realistic environment that accurately simulates real-world conditions, including solar radiation levels, load variations, grid disturbances
- Facilitates the integration of the solar inverter with other system components, such as photovoltaic panels, batteries, and communication interfaces, ensuring seamless operation and compatibility
- Assesses injection of faults and disturbances into the testing environment to determine responses to various scenarios, such as grid failures, voltage sags, and transient conditions.
- Present rely on complex control algorithms for maximum power point tracking (MPPT), voltage regulation, and grid synchronization
- Reduces the need for physical prototypes and real-world testing setups, leading to cost savings and shorter development cycles
- Offers comprehensive data outputs that can be used for in-depth analysis, optimization, and documentation purposes
Revolutionize electrical energy creating a more sustainable, decentralized, and resilient future.
Schneider Electric | Building a Better Microgrid
The Schneider Solar Business unit shows how they used Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) technology to design and test their leading-edge hybrid solar systems.