Flexible DC Lab for new home technologiesDC Lab

The Bipolar DC Lab infrastructure is a testing facility where industrial partners can perform technology validation for the new DC distribution systems: grid architectures, grid components, converters, renewable energy sources, storage, charging for electric vehicles, protection schemes, standards and so on.

 

Kris Baert

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Kris Baert

Business Developer Solar and Electrical Energy Networks at EnergyVille/KU Leuven
Description

Advantages

The Low-Voltage DC Lab is embedded in the Home Lab and hosts a DC grid (Adjustable: +-500V, 100 kW), that enhances a flexible environment to test either individual components, such as new converters, control strategies, as well as more complex systems, such as full PV systems with storage, small distribution grids, new grid architectures, for instance unipolar or bipolar DC grids, or interaction between components. The LVDC lab offers a 100 kW bipolar DC test environment which is completely reconfigurable and adjustable in terms of voltage levels and control algorithms.

The DC grid matrix allows custom setups with connection to different grid components and other labs: commercial PV roof, Battery Testing Lab, machine groups, Triphase converters and emulators, EV charging infrastructures or the Thermo Technical Lab. Interactions between AC and DC systems can also be analysed with the different grid connections.

Applications

  • DC grid architectures, unipolar/bipolar, control strategies and standards
  • DC protection schemes: DC grounding systems, fault detection, solid-state circuit breakers, sensors
  • PV systems, such as Building-Integrated PhotoVoltaics (BIPV), with or without storage
  • Power electronics converters

Customers

  • Distribution System Operators
  • RES developers
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Industrial players in energy business
  • Aggregators or VPP