The Clemson University 15 MW Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) Grid Simulator System

Market Overview:

The Clemson HIL Grid Simulator allows wind turbine generator manufacturers to test both mechanical and electrical characteristics of their machines in a well-controlled and calibrated environment.  This electrical grid simulation system and method combines components to better mimic and control expected and unexpected parameters in an electrical grid.  The invention provides grid simulation in a manner to allow improved testing of variable power generators, such as wind turbines, and their operation once interconnected with a medium-voltage grid in multiple countries.


· Wind energy

· Large solar energy

· Microgrid technologies

· Utility scale energy storage


· Improved efficiency over field testing

· More flexible testing environment

· Multiple devices possible


Inventors:                        John Fox, Nicholas Rigas, and Randy Collins

Protection Status:           Patent application filed

Licensing Status:            Available for licensing

CURF Ref No:                2012-091


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Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Andy Bluvas
Technology Commercialization Officer
Clemson University Research Foundation
J. Fox
Edward Collins
Nikolaos Rigas
Electronics Parts/Manufacturing
Energy - Green Technology
Power Grid Technologies
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