The Renewable Energy Integration Lab (REIL) features all of the major components that make up a micro-grid, from generation to consumption, including electricity storage systems and other elements to simulate a real micro-grid. The facility combines commercial equipment (generators, electrochemical batteries, photovoltaic modules…) with emulation benches (motor-generator bench) and power electronics systems supporting simulation hardware.
The lab is both modular and flexible. This means that the layout of the micro-grid in the lab can be easily rearranged to test different topologies, assess the scalability of a given solution, or propose alternative scenarios.
The micro-grid managed by CIRCE inside this lab can run either when connected to the grid or on a stand-alone basis, which opens up a world of possibilities for study.
- Types of connections: synchronous and asynchronous, stand-alone or connected to the grid.
- Assessing micro-grid events.
- Energy storage systems.
- Controlling, developing and testing power electronics.
- Grid stabilisation systems.
- Inductive coupling.
- Electric vehicle charging systems and their impact on different electrical systems.
- Converters for renewable energy production systems.e.