The Illuminator: An Open Source Energy System Integration Development Kit

Aihui Fu*, Raghav Saini, Remko Koornneef, Arjen van der Meer, Peter Palensky, Milos Cvetkovic

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This paper introduces a flexible and extendable easy-to-use energy system integration development kit: the Illuminator. The Illuminator illustrates challenges arising from the energy transition. Hence, it is suitable in education and for demonstration. It also acts as a sandbox for testing new research concepts, and particularly, distributed energy coordination algorithms in real and non-real time. The Illuminator technology is primarely a modular software platform developed to run on a Raspberry Pi (RasPi) cluster. It is open-source, available at GitHub and developed in Python. The Illuminator comprises models of common energy technologies, such as photovoltaic (PV) panels, wind turbines, batteries, and hydrogen systems. The uniqueness of the Illuminator is in its modularity and flexibility to reconfigure scenarios and cases on the fly, even by non-experts in a plug-and-play fashion. This paper introduces the Illuminator and shows its performance in a simple case study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2023 IEEE Belgrade PowerTech
Place of PublicationPiscataway
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-8778-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-8779-5
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event2023 IEEE Belgrade PowerTech - Belgrade, Serbia
Duration: 25 Jun 202329 Jun 2023

Publication series

Name2023 IEEE Belgrade PowerTech, PowerTech 2023


Conference2023 IEEE Belgrade PowerTech

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  • Energy system integration
  • open source
  • education
  • energy transition
  • demonstration


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