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Developing a Functional Smart Grid Prototype Using NI LabVIEW, NI CompactRIO, and NI DAQ

Figure 1. Smart Grid Architecture

"We used LabVIEW, CompactRIO FPGA, and DAQ modules to easily integrate the BESS, PV system, BEMS, and HEMS into the microgrid prototype. The FPGA-based technology offers a direct interface for sensing, Xilinx interface to import the logic to hardware, and LabVIEW GUI for debugging and validation."

- Peng Huat Cheah, Nanyang Technological University

The Challenge:
Developing a reliable, cost-effective, and secure smart grid infrastructure to integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) such as solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, battery energy storage systems (BESSs), and demand-response management (DRM).

The Solution:
Using NI LabVIEW software, CompactRIO hardware featuring FPGA technology, and NI DAQ hardware to create a maximum power point tracking (MPPT) module of the PV system and control scheme of the BESS to integrate home and building energy management systems (HEMS, BEMS), solar PV technology, and energy storage with the microgrid.

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