Interfacing Power System and ICT Simulators: Challenges, State-of-the-Art, and Case Studies

Sven Christian Müller , Hanno Georg, James J. Nutaro, Edmund Widl, Yi Deng, Peter Palensky, Muhammad U. Awais, Moustafa Chenine, Markus Küch, Matthias Stifter, Hua Lin, More Authors

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With the transition towards a smart grid, the power system has become strongly intertwined with the information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure. The interdependency of both domains requires a combined analysis of physical and ICT processes, but simulating these together is a major challenge due to the fundamentally different modeling and simulation concepts. After outlining these challenges, such as time synchronization and event handling, this manuscript presents an overview of state-of-the-art solutions to interface power system and ICT simulators. Due to their prominence in recent research, a special focus is set on co-simulation approaches and their challenges and potentials. Further, two case studies analyzing the impact of ICT on applications in power system operation illustrate the necessity of a holistic approach and show the capabilities of state-of-the-art co-simulation platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-24
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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  • Co-Simulation
  • Communication Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Power System Simulation
  • Smart Grids


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