“Converter interfaced generation: modelling, dynamic simulation and hardware in the loop testing” by Stepan Vasilev, Skoltech, in the frame of Friday Seminar Series.

Dear Colleagues,

The 4th seminar of the Fall Friday Seminar Series 2022 “Converter interfaced generation: modelling, dynamic simulation and hardware in the loop testing” Stepan Vasilev( Ph.D. student, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology) was given on November 4th.


Emerging environmental concerns are pushing clean energy targets onto the global energy agenda. According to that trend, the growth of distributed energy resources (DER) introduction is increasing, hence power systems are becoming more complex, uncertain and challenging from the perspective of secure and stable operation. The DER, namely renewables, are connected to the grid through power electronics and are called Converter Interfaced Generation (CIG). CIG nature has a negative influence on the expected network behavior. As a result, technological innovation requires continuous improvement of power systems monitoring, protection and control solutions. Development of the mentioned solutions relies on high fidelity modeling of steady-state and transient conditions. There are two reliable approaches to understand the overall impact of CIG to the existing power system in laboratory conditions: virtual dynamic simulations and hardware-in-the-loop tests. This lecture will present research conducted at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology focusing on:

  • development of benchmark models with the integrated CIG using Power Systems Computer Aided Design (PSCAD) and Real-Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) complexes;
  • conducting HIL tests involving four-quadrant power amplifier;
  • experience with the industrial project with Rosseti, Russian largest grid company.


About the author

Stepan Vasilev graduated from Relay Protection and Automation of Energy Systems dept., Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russia in 2020. Currently, Stepan is a Ph.D. student at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Russia. His research areas include power systems dynamic simulations, cyber-physical, control and automation systems, data-driven modeling.