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PNNL PowerNET Testbed



PNNL’s powerNET testbed is a peer research capability to the Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center. The powerNET testbed is a remotely configurable, multi-user resource that provides an experimentation sandbox for power system research. The testbed is designed to enable a wide range of experimentation, both in scale and of types, by combining virtual, simulation, and physical equipment.  powerNET builds upon the OpenStack cloud Infrastructure as a Service cloud software with the additions of power system and virtual equipment.  Secure, worldwide, remote access is available. Additionally, multiple simultaneous experiments can be run concurrently.  Capabilities provided by the powerNET testbed include:

  • SynchroPhasor research. powerNET provides access to physical phasor management units (PMU) from a variety of leading commercial vendors. Also, a PMU hardware and software development kit are provided to enable testing of cutting edge solutions are real platforms.
  • SCADA research. powerNET also includes various SACADA field devices, PLC, RTU, IEDs from a variety of vendors. Additionally, control center applications are available like HMI, IO servers, historian, engineering access workstations, etc.  This includes  access to physical devices. The testbed has sufficient equipment to provide two completely separate transmission or distribution substations full of equipment.
  • Real-Time Simulation. The powerNET testbed is able to simulate Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) and fully simulated power grid environments. The Opal-RT simulator enables realistic and scalable power grid research and development.
  •  Energy Management System. A clone of the operational energy management system (EMS) in PNNL’s EIOC is provided for experimentation. Archived real-world data that is streamed to the EIOC is available for replay to the EMS.
  • VMWare virtual environment. To provide the scalability necessary to perform a wide range of experimentation, virtual environment is provided by powerNET. Up to 250 virtual nodes are possible.
  • Network emulation. Control systems utilize the full range of communication media. The powerNET testbed provides a network emulation capability that can emulate both LAN and WAN communication media.
  • Simulation Cluster. The powerNET provides a small HPC cluster for running power system simulations.
  • Natural gas research. powerNET has been extended to include equipment and technology for the natural gas distribution sector. This includes a variety of field devices from several of the leading commercial vendors. This equipment is integrated into the rest of the testbed to provide a realistic multi-domain environment for research and development.  
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For more information, contact:
David Manz
(509) 372-5995