An important technical step for a new smart grid laboratory at Cepel in Brazil has been successfully designed by Cepel together with the Fraunhofer IWES and FOKUS in Berlin. This laboratory will be able to assess the interoperability between all system components and compliance with relevant standards. Several test areas have been developed for equipment and hybrid systems with decentralised energy resource components. The setup of this national reference laboratory in the region of Rio de Janeiro can now go ahead.

The cooperation between Cepel and Fraunhofer has made it possible to design a powerful new smart grid laboratory, which is located in the region of Rio de Janeiro. The recsources are provided by Fraunhofer Institute IWES and funded by the Brazilian Energy and Mineral Sectors Strengthening Project (META project). The new smart grid laboratory in Brazil is planned to be the national reference laboratory. It will provide a component test area for equipment up to 2 MVA in the final stage (e.g. photovoltaic inverters). Furthermore a test environment for hybrid systems has been designed with various DER components (e.g. photovoltaics and battery inverter together with diesel generators). The behaviour of individual components in system context can be investigated within a power hardware in the loop (PHIL) test stand.

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