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 GRIDSIM Power Lab

Flexible Power and Dynamic Grid Simulation Enabling Smarter Testing and Certification of Power Equipment WorldWide
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The Kinectrics GRIDSIM Power Laboratory will be a state-of-the-art, independent facility in Toronto, Canada aimed at testing smart grid systems, renewable generation equipment, and medium voltage power systems over a wide range of voltages and frequencies, and at power levels up to 12MVA.
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The lab will be able to perform testing to UL 1741 SA and IEEE 1547.1. Other standards the lab will be designed to test equipment against are CSA C22.2 No. 107.1 and IEC 62109. This capability suits the interests of global utilities, developers, original equipment manufacturers, and standards organizations to research, develop, test, and certify new technologies in support of safe renewable power integration with the grid. 

 
The lab is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Energy’s Smart Grid Fund and Alstom.​

 
Lab Highlights:

 

Accelerate Inverters to Market with UL 1741 SA Certification

Inverter manufacturers can meet modern utility  needs and offer compliant grid support utility interactive inverters and utility interactive inverters to customers by certifying to UL 1741 SA — thereby accelerating their products to market.​ 

Eliminate On-site Compliance Testing

A pre-certified inverter compliant to industry standards such as UL1741 SA minimizes the need for field service support by the OEM during on-site commissioning and reduces or eliminates the need for grid compliance testing to IEEE 1547.1.

Major Project Cost Savings and Time Savings

A pre-certified inverter will deliver cost and time savings to the EPC or developer by eliminating the need to demonstrate on-site grid compliance to IEEE 1547.1. One-time type-testing of multi-megawatt inverters will soon replace costly and timely field commissioning for attaining grid compliance.

​ Safe Interconnection of Renewable Energy with the Grid

 

The interconnection of renewable energy can be a risky and intensive activity to   achieve grid interoperability. Outages caused by insufficient interoperability have   visibly demonstrated the impact. Pre-certification of grid support utility interactive   inverters and associated DG (Distributed Generation) equipment creates a more   stable utility grid.​ 

 Full range of Type Certifications for MV/MP Equipment

With the advent of new standards supporting renewable power integration onto the grid, distributed energy resource manufacturers must certify their parts in order to stay competitive. Kinectrics offers a complete range of type-test certifications across industries – including Rail Transit - made possible with large-scale grid simulation capabilities. 

A Vendor-Neutral Research Test Bed

Development of new grid interactive technologies, integration of DG equipment, and development of next-generation grids require test environments where test cases can be simulated to provide valuable data for real-grid scenarios.

A future focus is also on distributed controls which will allow for a distributed infrastructure capable of self-healing and significantly more intelligence at the end node. Communication using the IEC 61850 standard and leveraging Kinectrics state-of-the-art RTDS (Real Time Digital Simulator) will allow for Power Hardware in the Loop (PHIL) studies. The aim is to allow utilities, developers, and OEMS to make more informed decisions about captial investment on the grid of tomorrow. 

 Applications:

 
Rail
Inverters
Utilities
Specialized Applications
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Rail
    Did you know there is a world-class test facility in Canada geared towards rail industry power converters, and substation transformers for use internationally?

    Kinectrics' new GRIDSIM Power Lab, coupled with subject matter experts and experienced technical staff help every step of the way in getting your product tested against internal or industry wide specifications such as EN50327, EN50328, EN50329 and others.

    Our GRIDSIM Power Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility in Toronto, Canada. We have a highly trained workforce of engineers and technicians with years of experience doing qualification type testing of light rail transit power systems such those used at substations and feeder systems over a wide range of voltages and frequencies (50Hz and 60Hz application).

    Kinectrics has been performing rail specific testing for a number of years for an international customer base for projects around the world. Our team is well versed with working with high power AC and DC systems including medium voltage cabling and terminations and balance of plant systems such as load banks.

    Read our case study here​.

    Key Benefits:
  • Several years of proven, real world experience servicing the rail industry
  • Subject matter experts in systems (substations, transformers, cables)
  • State of the art data acquisition systems
  • Best in class QA programs (ISO9001, ISO17025 for some labs)​​
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Inverters
    Are you prepared for the changing certification and testing requirements for your inverter?

    Kinectrics' new GRIDSIM Power Lab, coupled with su​​bject matter experts who are intimately familiar with the new standards, make it possible to get your inverter to market faster, more cost efficiently and with a turnkey approach even in the megawatt power class.

    Our GRIDSIM lab will be able to perform testing to UL 1741 SA and associated source requirement documents, CSA C22.2 No. 107.1 and IEC 62109. This capability suits original equipment manufacturers like you to research, develop, test, and certify your new technologies in support of safe renewable power integration with the grid.

    The lab is uniquely geared toward performing tests to IEEE 1547.1 and UL1741SA for inverters, converters, controllers and interconnection system equipment for accurate testing and compliance at real power in the multi-megawatt class. Kinectrics will work closely with the inverter manufacturer or NRTL as needed. The battery of tests range from short circuit to heat runs, abnormal frequency and voltage (L/HFRT & L/HVRT), synchronization and harmonics amongst many others.

    Read the case study here.

    Key Benefits:
  • Testing capability up to and > 1 MW
  • Independent commercial lab with world class project management services
  • On site subject matter experts in equipment tested
  • Balance of plant available as part of our turn key offering​​
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Utilities
    ​Did you know Kinectrics is launching a world class multi-megawatt resear​​ch and test laboratory designed to replicate the actual grid right here in Canada?

    The power grid is changing. We know this. And with change comes unfamiliar dynamics and events which raise questions that utilities must answer to ensure the grid remains robust yet flexible for decades to come. Our lab will help you address these questions as they relate to distributed generation, microgrids and others.

    Our GRIDSIM Power Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility in Toronto, Canada with built in capabilities for testing state of the art and next generation grid connected control equipment. The grid simulator has functionality to communicate with the Kinectrics Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) supercomputer to be able to perform power study type analysis at real power in the multi megawatt class also known as PHIL (Powered-Hardware-In-Loop) testing.

    Read the case study here.

    Key Benefits:
  • Provides a controlled environment for utility staff to experiment with and receive training on new technologies before implementation
  • Several years of real world experience
  • Subject matter experts in systems (substations, transformers, cables)
  • State of the art data acquisition systems
  • Best in class QA programs (ISO9001, ISO17025) for some labs​
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Specialized Applications
    ​Kinectrics is presently (and historically​​​ for decades) been involved in specialized testing and research areas. This extends to newer areas as well with the intent to grow into type testing of generators, motors, Energy Storage Systems (ESS) and others. Our team is well versed with working with high power AC and DC systems and the lab is uniquely designed to be flexible for a wide range of equipment types.

    Key Benefits:
  • Provide Manufacturers with a R&D facility where they can test and experiment with new higher power products and systems
  • State of the art data acquisition systems
  • Best in class QA programs (ISO9001, ISO17025 for some labs)
  • Wide frequency range allows for certification to interconnection standards worldwide
  • Large lab space to accommodate equipment (74’ overhead space, 6000 sq.ft., 75 ton crane)​​
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