A Cyber Physical Co-simulation Platform for Distributed Energy Resources in Smart Grids (CyDER) is a modular and scalable tool for power system planning and operation that will work seamlessly with existing interconnection planning tools in the utilities and be interoperable with future utility software, data streams, and controls. CyDER will maintain and enhance the efficiency and reliability of the power system in a cost-effective and safe manner, being built on three pillars: quasi-static time series (QSTS) co-simulation and optimization, real-time data acquisition, and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) applications. Specifically, CyDER combines transmission and distribution system simulation, data collection and analysis, power generation and load forecasting, load flexibility---primarily electric vehicle (EV) charging--- and real-time control of solar photovoltaics (PVs) to accommodate high levels of PV penetration.
CyDER will utilize a combination of open source lab developed tools, and commercially available platforms. CyDER will leverage the co-simulation platform, Virtual Grid Integration Laboratory (VirGIL) developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and GridDyn developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The tool will allow for a streamlined approach to analysis of high penetrations of photovoltaics, in addition to an enhanced interconnection process at the utility.