IREC’s laboratory was stablished to be able to conduct research on several topics related to distribution energy resources, electric vehicle, communications, power electronics, controls, business in the electric market and several areas related with the evolving smart grid, with great flexibility that is required when pursuing new concepts and ideas.

Within IDE4L project, the laboratory will help researching in topics from the physical layer, such as communications, controls and metering, and also from the energy management, such as aggregator concept, either technical and economic.

This laboratory is partly public financed, meaning that the reutilization of the facilities to promote PhD students thesis, public projects and other collaborations is one of the meanings within this facility.

IREC’s grid emulator is a device that controls three-phase voltage waveforms at its output power terminals. The type of voltage waveforms which can be generated include:

  • Control of voltage magnitude, including three-phase voltage unbalances
  • Control of frequency oscillations
  • Control of low frequency voltage harmonics
  • Non-linear loads supply
  • Repetitive and non-repetitive voltage disturbances: voltage sags, flicker, overvoltages
  • Variable short-circuit impedance
  • DC voltage supply between up to 800 V

The grid emulator is equipment suitable to perform hardware and software tests and setups regarding novel applications for renewable energy sources, energy storage systems and different types of loads.

From a general point of view, the grid emulator is a research platform in the fields of Power System Engineering, Electrical Machines & Power Electronics, Control, Automation and Communications, and Energy Economics and Regulation.