Description: R&D Nester (Centro de Investigação em Energia REN – State Grid, S.A.) is a research centre created through the partnership between REN (Redes Energéticas Nacionais), the Portuguese TSO, and State Grid Corporation of China, the Chinese TSO and DSO.
As an energy research centre, R&D Nester’s mission is to provide an international platform for knowledge, delivering innovative solutions to be applied into energy systems; providing new tools, strategies and processes, well-tuned to the new energy paradigm, serving as a driving force towards more efficient and sustainable energy systems.
R&D Nester main areas of research and expertise include: renewable energy management; smart grid technologies; power systems and communication systems simulation; power networks planning; power systems operation; energy markets and economics.
R&D Nester Real Time Power Systems Simulation Laboratory
Description: R&D Nester Real Time Power Systems Simulation Laboratory was designed to enable the simulation and testing of both power systems and communication networks, either in a stand-alone mode or by performing co-simulation.
The major assets of the laboratory include Real Time Power Systems Simulators for power systems simulation and Hardware-in-the-Loop testing of physical devices. Besides, other relevant equipment existing in the laboratory includes:
- Communication networks simulator and testing tools
- IEC 61850 specification, configuration and testing tools/equipment
- Time synchronization servers
- Power amplifiers
The communication infrastructure of the laboratory allows optical fibre and Ethernet connections, bringing great flexibility and allowing the test of devices such as IEDs or PMUs with great simplicity in a plug-and-play environment. Other existing communication network devices are state of the art (e.g. routers, switches), ensuring accurate testing of a wide range of communication protocols.
The laboratory is in operation since 2016 and is installed in two separate rooms (computation and testing rooms), with a total area of 95m². Devices requiring strict cooling conditions and those noisy ones are placed in the computation room, which is equipped with air conditioning and is acoustically isolated from the testing room. It is currently run by 10 employees.
last updated: 04.04.2017