Smart electricity system and technology laboratory (smartEST lab.)

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

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Core Facility (CF)


The laboratory infrastructure includes freely configurable low-voltage networks, flexible high-bandwidth grid simulators, high-performance PV simulators and an environmental chamber for tests at full power under extreme temperature and humidity conditions. The AIT smartEST Laboratory additionally offers the opportunity to simulate complex electrical grids both offline as well as in real time and connect them to the lab networks. This power hardware-in-the-loop (P-HIL) configuration allows real components to be integrated into a virtual grid environment and tested under realistic conditions in interaction with the grid. Moreover, the lab infrastructure provides full functionality for design and validation of power electronic systems.

Major facilities of the infrastructure cluster
smartEST: high-power lab, high bandwidth grid simulation units (3 x 400 V, 800 kVA)
3 independent laboratory grids (grounded/isolated mode)
Dynamic PV array simulator (1500 V, 1500 A, 960 kW)
Freely adjustable RLC loads (1 MW, 1 MVAr)
Adjustable line impedances
Data acquisition system and laboratory SCADA system
Environmental test chamber (-40°C to 120°C, size 3.6 x 2.6 x 2.8m)

smartEST inverter lab
High bandwidth grid simulation units (3 x 400 V, 30 kVA)
Anti-islanding test setup (30 kVA)
Dynamic PV array simulation system (3 x 12 kW)
Data acquisition system, measurement instruments

smartEST storage and electric vehicle lab
Battery simulator (DC source)
Data acquisition system, measurement instruments

smartEST offline simulation lab
Multicore Opal-RT real-time simulator (including software licenses)
License for MATLAB TPC Target HIL simulation environment
Server hardware for power system simulation and co-simulation
PC-based simulation terminals
V1.0 | 3
Licenses for power system simulation (Digsilent Power Factory, Sincal)
Licenses for MATLAB Simulink, Simscape

smartEST power electronic lab
Licenses for power electronic systems design (OrCAD, PSpice, PLECS)
LabView development system
MATLAB licenses
Measurement instruments


DI Roland Bründlinger

Research Services

Testing of components and systems with simulated grids and primary energy sources
• Electrical, functional and performance tests according to grid codes
• Simultaneous testing of power and communication interfaces of components
• Performance and lifetime testing under controlled environmental conditions
• Simulation and testing of single components as well as complete generation systems and plants
• Power hardware-in-the-loop (P-HIL) experiments by means of real time simulation and multi-domain co-simulation (rapid modelling and prototyping of systems and components)
• Simulation of smart grid scenarios
Accreditation and Certificates
• Accreditation according to EN ISO/IEC 17025
• Certification according to ISO 9001

Methoden & Expertise zur Forschungsinfrastruktur

•Expertise in using, developing, adapting and coupling different simulation environments for electric power systems and communication networks (HIL measurements and simulations; co-simulation)
•Use and development of laboratory infrastructure and design tools that support the development of power system components according to system operation requirements
•Expertise in developing, optimizing and validating power system technologies with a particular focus on ICT and power electronics

Equipment der Core Facility

DI Roland Bründlinger
Center for Energy
+4350550 6351
Die Nutzung ist jeweils zu vereinbaren.
Power electronics system manufacturers (storage, PV, EV); distribution system operators
G. Lauss: "Interfacing challenges in PHIL simulations for investigations on P-Q controls of grid connected generation units in electric power systems"; Vortrag: 20th IFAC World Congress Program, Toulouse, Frankreich; 09.07.2017 - 14.07.2017; in: "Proc. IFAC 2017", Proc. IFAC 2017, (2017), Paper-Nr. 1190, 6 S.

F. Lehfuss, G. Lauss, C. Seitl, F. Leimgruber, M. Nöhrer, T. Strasser: "Coupling of Real-Time and Co-Simulation for the Evaluation of the Large Scale Integration of Electric Vehicles into Intelligent Power Systems"; Vortrag: 2017 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC), Belford, France; 11.12.2017 - 14.12.2017; in: "Proceedings of 2017 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC)", IEEE, (2017), ISBN: 978-1-5386-1317-7; 5 S.

M. Nöhrer, M. Faschang, M Reihs: "AIT LabLink - The Link between Smart Grids and the Laboratory"; Poster: Smart Energy Systems Week 2017, Graz; 15.05.2017 - 19.05.2017.

T. Strasser et al.: "An Integrated Research Infrastructure for Validating Cyber-Physical Energy Systems"; Vortrag: 8th International Conference on Industrial Applications of Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems, Lyon, France; 29.08.2017 - 30.08.2017; in: "Industrial Applications of Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems", Springer International Publishing, LNAI 10444 (2017), ISBN: 978-3-319-64634-3; S. 157 - 170