XML data interface and PMU testing applications for synchrophasor estimation with a reconfigurable controller

Anastasis Katsimichas*, Paul Brogan, David Laverty

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Abstract

Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) technology has rapidly improved over the last two decades. This development allowed a number of conventional protocols, both open and proprietary, to be written. Optimised communication and implementation techniques are sought by academia. This motivation has resulted in university projects, such as The OpenPMU project. The aim is to create a completely open source system that will be cost efficient, reliable, modular and platform independent. The discussed work is focused on the detailed description of a data interface XML based communication tool. The outlined schema is used to exchange data between the acquisition system and the phase estimation algorithm of a PMU. Its many advantages establish it as a flexible schema for transmitting sampled data irrespective of hardware or software implementation. The OpenPMU system is based on hardware implementations that use freely available DAQ devices and aim to develop a low cost alternative to commercial PMU's. The hardware described in this paper is based on a National Instruments field programmable gate array (FPGA) reconfigurable controller (cRIO) that due to its parallel nature can perform different processing operations at the same time. This results in higher speed and accuracy and should provide the benchmark for testing various existing and future OpenPMU implementations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Universities Power Engineering Conference
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781479965571
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2014
Event49th International Universities Power Engineering Conference, UPEC 2014 - Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Duration: 02 Sep 201405 Sep 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Universities Power Engineering Conference

Conference

Conference49th International Universities Power Engineering Conference, UPEC 2014
Abbreviated titleUPEC 2014
Country/TerritoryRomania
CityCluj-Napoca
Period02/09/201405/09/2014

Keywords

  • field programmable gate array
  • National Instruments
  • OpenPMU
  • phasor estimation
  • phasor measurement unit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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