Unlike traditional power plants, which deliver a steady supply of power, wind turbines and solar panels deliver power at levels that fluctuate throughout the day. When electric power from renewable energy is integrated into a larger electrical system, supply volume changes throughout the day can lead to frequency fluctuations, making it difficult to maintain a stable power supply.
In order to balance the frequency and supply of electricity, research institutes and power companies often use proprietary models to simulate control methods and supply-and-demand scenarios. The Institute of Electrical Engineers established a committee of research groups from leading Japanese universities, electric utility companies, and heavy electric machinery manufacturers to provide a common foundation for conducting economic and technical studies. This committee developed AGC30, a shared platform for power simulations and control design based on MATLAB® and Simulink®.
“In the past, each research institution prepared its own model,” says Dr. Takao Tsuji, associate professor at Yokohama National University, a member organization of the committee. “AGC30 integrates these models into a shared, Simulink-based infrastructure that enabled us to objectively compare control results and exchange newly developed control blocks.”