Low Carbon Microgrids: Modelling and Simulation

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Assessment of microgrid concepts using a state-of-the-art real-time simulation suite, capable of modelling and simulating microgrid systems for food hubs. This helps identify unusual behaviours prior to commissioning and thereby reduces risk and uncertainty.

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Competitive advantage

  • Development of microgrids using a wide-range of inverter control systems, conventional rotational generation, and energy storage
  • A wide array of modelling capabilities, including conventional RMS, EMTP and transient system modelling
  • The most powerful digital simulation laboratory in Australia. UNSW's 18-rack real-time simulator is capable of modelling large- and small-scale microgrids at the finest timescales required for protection and high-speed control systems


  • The ability to assess microgrid system behaviour in real time
  • Reducing the uncertainty and risk in projects through digital simulation

Successful applications

  • Using microgrid simulation and modelling techniques for LECO, the electrical distribution operator in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Capabilities and facilities

  • A state-of-the-art inverter and microgrid test platform
  • An 18-rack RTDS real-time simulator
  • An OPAL-RT system for high-speed power electronics simulation in real time

Our partners

  • Electranet
  • Tasnetworks
  • AEMO
  • Empower
  • Sungrow