The Virginia Tech Phasor Data Concentrator Analysis & Testing System

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Virginia Tech

The development of Smart Grid and an increased emphasis on Wide Area Measurement, Automation, Protection and Control (WAMPAC) has lead to the substantial increase in the development and use of Synchrophasor Systems. The Department of Energy having realized its importance in the Power System has encouraged its deployment through the Smart Grid Investment Grant. With many utilities beginning to implement a large number of PMUs over their respective power systems, Phasor Data Concentrators (PDCs) play a crucial part in accurately relaying data from the point of measurement to the operators at the control center. The current Synchrophasor standard, IEEE C37.118-2005 covers adequately the steady state characterization of PMUs but does not specify requirements for PDCs. Having recognized the need for such a standard for PDCs, the North American Synchrophasor Initiative (NASPI) has developed a guide outlining some of its objectives, functions and tests requirements. Virginia Tech has developed a PDC Test System under these guidelines and as per the requirements of the PJM Synchrophasor Systems Deployment Project. This thesis focuses on the testing tools developed and the procedures implemented in the Virginia Tech PDC Test System.

synchrophasor, pdc, pdc testing, latency, pmu simulator