GridMat GridMat: A Matlab/Simulink Toolbox for GridLAB-D

           
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Modeling a complex, large-scale, heterogeneous, multi-physics, multi-domain, and distributed system like microgrid requires heterogeneous composition of physical, computational, and communication sub-systems including their causality, time semantics, and different physical domains.

State-of-the-art distribution grid and/or microgrid modeling & simulation tools are domain-specific and are mostly capable to capture only the physical components (power system and energy resources) of the model. However, common to most of the tools is that these tools do not provide a test bed to simulate an energy distribution model like residential microgrid where power system modeling at a very detailed level, e.g. at appliance level is required. To solve this problem of modeling detailed residential power systems of a residential microgrid, we have used GridLAB-D, an agent-based power system modeling and simulation tool.

Existing power system modeling tools including GridLAB-D lack the capability to capture the cyber-components (control, software, communication, and embedded hardware) during modeling and simulation. Therefore, new methodology and/or tool are required to integrate various domain-specific tools.

In this project, we are following model-based design approach. We have developed a Matlab/Simulink tool box for GridLAB-D that supports modeling, simulation, grid impact analysis, and validation of power & control systems of a residential microgrid. Details will come soon.

 
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  • Prof. Mohammad Abdullah al Faruque
  • Korosh Vatanparvar
 
Related Publications
  • M. A. Al Faruque, F. Ahourai : "GridMat: Matlab Toolbox for GridLAB-D to Analyse Grid Impact and Validate Residential Microgrid Level Energy Management Algorithms", accepted to be published in IEEE PES Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT'14), Washington DC, USA, Pages: xxx- xxx, February 2014. (Premier conference for smart grid rsesearch)
  • F. Ahourai, I. Huang, M. A. Al Faruque: "Modeling and Simulation of the EV Charging in a Residential Distribution Power Grid", accepted to be published in IEEE Green Energy and Systems Conference (IGESC'13), California, US, November 2013
  • M. A. Al Faruque, F. Ahourai : "A Model-based Design of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems", accepted to be published in IEEE/ACM 19th Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC'14), Singapore, January 2014.
  • F. Ahourai, M. A. Al Faruque: " Grid Impact analysis of a Residential Microgrid under Various EV Penetration Rates in GridLAB-D", Technical Report, TR 13-08, July 2013. download pdf
 
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Download the tool from the following link http://sourceforge.net/projects/gridmat/

Note: We noticed some errors in the open-sourced version and we will fix it soon. The student who was working in this project is not working in the lab anymore and therefore it is delaying the next release. New member Korosh is working in this project and we will fix it soon.

For referring this tool please use the following publication:

M. A. Al Faruque, F. Ahourai : "GridMat: Matlab Toolbox for GridLAB-D to Analyse Grid Impact and Validate Residential Microgrid Level Energy Management Algorithms", accepted to be published in IEEE PES Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT'14), Washington DC, USA, Pages: xxx- xxx, February 2014.

  Last updated on August 7, 2014.