NHOA, formerly Electro Power Systems - Engie EPS, is one of the top global players in energy storage and e-mobility with the aim of enabling the paradigm shift in the global energy system towards clean energy and sustainable mobility. Born in 2005 as a technological spin-off of the Politecnico di Torino and Milano, NHOA has registered office in Paris, but all research, development and manufacturing take place in Italy, with sale offices based also in the USA, Australia and Taiwan.
This presentation aims to showcase how MATLAB®, Simulink® and Simulink PLC Coder™ sped up the development of the EEPS’s proprietary Power Plant Controller (PPC). The speech introduces the PPC as the key brick for any utility scale renewable, storage and Vehicle-to-Grid plant. Indeed, these applications have in common the need of coordinating fast acting power electronics converters alongside with TSO requests and the longer-term decisions of an Energy Management System or a Market Aggregator. Moreover, the PPC plays a vital role for large scale plants in terms of grid code compliance, as well as for preserving and optimally managing the batteries in BESS and V2G applications.
In the last 3 years EEPS upgraded its PPC development approach embracing Model Based Design and using Simulink. This eased the design of more complex control structures, their testing and integration with the rest of our library. Moreover, the integration of Git with Simulink makes easier tracking the versioning and code development in a growing company. The Simulink projects are then automatically converted to different industrial hardware control platforms on a project base, leveraging on Simulink PLC Coder™ and a set of in-house scripts. This revolution accelerated the whole PPC design and turned out a key-advantage during the COVID-19 months for the remote commissioning of the plants. The presentation is based on simulation and field recordings, collected during design, commissioning and operation of our BESS and V2G projects.