Demonstration of TasNetworks real time simulator (RTS)

Demonstration of TasNetworks real time simulator (RTS)


A Real Time Simulator (RTS) is an optimal power system risk mitigation tool that gives manufacturers, utilities and other stakeholders unrivalled confidence in prospective power system performance before a new connection (generation – load – network reconfiguration) is physically made. This is uniquely possible with an RTS because of its ability to perform “hardware in the loop” testing, i.e. highly accurate power system simulations can be made by connecting actual (physical) control and protection equipment directly to the RTS. The physical hardware is then run in parallel with models of the remainder of the power system to assess performance and overall system impacts. TasNetworks has recently completed the procurement, installation and commissioning and is actively using their RTS.

In particular TasNetworks will use its RTS to assess additional asynchronous generation, HVDC interconnector and pumped storage projects viz. large scale wind farms, Project Marinus and Battery of the Nation. Amongst many tasks, the RTS will assess: the local control and protection performance of these new equipment plus the (new) system protection responses for critical contingencies; stability performance including high speed control interactions and system frequency/voltage stability with relatively lower fault levels and inertia. 


Dr Mark Davies, MIEAust, TasNetworks Integration Studies Leader

Mark’s career started with GEC in 1981,working on the UK's first Static Var Compensators for AC grid applications. Since the mid 1990’s Mark has mainly worked in the field of high power Voltage-Sourced Converters, initially for reactive power applications but since 2000 on converters for HVDC – both in the USA and Germany for Siemens which included Basslink control design. Since 2006 Mark has been based in Tasmania but continued R&D on the world’s first multilevel HVDC systems. Mark works for TasNetworks on system integration studies.


  1. Introduction as to what the RTS is and used for, identified network problems/opportunities, including Marinus (2nd Basslink proposal).
  2. Process followed to investigate the product, competitors, etc
  3. Setting up and FAT requirements
  4. Future use, how it will be maintained.
  5. Demonstration of RTS.
  6. Possibility to view TasNetworks operations control room.


Spots are limited to 25, so register early to avoid disappointment.


Event Details

Wednesday 15 May 2019

5.30pm to 7pm



Maria St Campus, off Creek Rd, Lenah Valley

Hobart TAS

Registration Closes

Midday 15 May 2019


EESA members: $0
EA members: $0
Non-members: $0


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