Initial wiggles in a very small transient stability case
A common question when a user first starts playing with very small transient stability test cases is “Why do I see wiggles in my plots with no disturbance?” On large transient stability simulations there can be many different reasons for this, but for a 9 bus, 1 generator case you would rightly not expect to […]
June 12, 2013
Remote License Troubleshooting
If you are trying to start Simulator or Retriever using a remote license but the hardware key is not detected, you may need to manually point to the hardware key’s location on the network. To configure where your machine goes to look for remote license keys, make sure to run the full Simulator or Retriever installation […]
June 10, 2013
Calculating the Net Reactive Capability Curve of a Renewable Energy Plant and Subsystem
When studying a system of small renewable generators that are all hooked up to the power system through one interconnection point, some PowerWorld users have been interested in calculating the net reactive capability curve seen at the utility interconnection point. As an example consider the power system below which has the following characteristics. Three solar […]
June 6, 2013
Case Study in Using Auxiliary File Scripting with Advanced Filters, Custom Floats, and Expressions
This is a case study that demonstrates how to automate the process of replicating the net reactive capability curve from a set of renewable generators behind a small distribution system which is connected to a single utility bus. This serves as a wonderful example for demonstrating several topics. Use of auxiliary files to automate processes […]
June 6, 2013
How to specify when Transient Limit Monitoring starts monitoring for violations
Transient Limit Monitoring Many power systems require particular voltage or frequency performance during transient stability simulation. For example, in the Western grid in the United States and Canada, the organization WECC specifies particular performance for various “Category B” or “Category C” contingency events (see http://www.wecc.biz/library/Library/Planning%20Committee%20Handbook/WECC-NERC%20Planning%20Standards.pdf). PowerWorld Simulator’s transient limit monitors allow you to monitor for violations […]
May 23, 2013
Remedial Action Scheme (RAS) Modeling in Contingency Analysis
A PDF White Paper on RAS Model can be found at this link: RAS_Modeling_PowerWorld Sample PowerWorld Cases and Auxiliary Files that demonstrate the RAS Modeling described in the White Paper can be found in the ZIP file at this Link. PowerWorld is often asked questions about how to model automated and conditional actions that occur […]
May 10, 2013
PowerWorld Simulator does not include a built-in tool for video capture or movie making. Commercial and freeware tools are available from other sources to capture video from PowerWorld Simulator, Retriever, and any other desktop applications. Current offerings may be found here, or by simply searching online for video capture software.
February 21, 2013
Example SimAuto Files
Right-click on the file links below and select “Save target as…” to save them to your computer. SimAuto version 12 (and later) Microsoft® Visual Basic for Applications Examples Running from Microsoft® Excel: SimAutoExampleCases12.zip Running from Microsoft® Access: ATC Calculator (includes database, cases, and support files) Multi-period Market Simulation (includes database, cases, and support files; unzip […]
July 31, 2012
How do the key fields and required fields for aux files and copy/paste from Excel work?
Each object type in Simulator (i.e. Loads, Generators, Buses, etc…) has a number of key fields and additional required fields. Key fields are fields that must be included for existing records when pasting data into Simulator from a spreadsheet application such as MS Excel or when loading information from an aux file. Required fields are fields that must be specified (in addition […]
July 5, 2012
What method does the OPF/SCOPF solution use?
It is a sequential linear programming optimal power flow. We use our own revised simplex code.
July 5, 2012