A group of young scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University received one of six prizes of the 2017 Russian Federation Government Award in the field of science and engineering to young scientists. The research team was awarded for the project Development and implementation of a real-time multiprocessor simulation complex of electric power grids with actively adaptive grids.
The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev signed a corresponding order posted 5 October 2017 on the official website. The prize was awarded to the group of scientists among which is Ass. Prof. Mikhail Andreev (Head of Simulation of Electric Power Grids Research Lab, Department of Electric Power Grids), Ass. Prof. Nikolai Ruban (Department of Electric Power Grids), Assistant Alexei Suvorov (Department of Electric Power Grids) and Senior Instructor Ruslan Ufa (Department of Electric Power Grids). The project is led by TPU Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Professor Yuri Borovikov, the Department of Electric Power Grids.
The research group develops and implements an unparalleled in Russia and abroad real-time multiprocessor simulation complex of electric power grids with actively adaptive grids.
The complex is based on the concept of hybrid simulation of electric power grids (EPG) with actively adaptive grids (AAG), which ensures finding successful solutions to improve control efficiency, reliability and operation safety of EPG with AAG in energy industry. The authors developed a concept combining analog, digital and physical simulation methods.
An analog component eliminates methodological integration errors, a digital component allows at the programming level the implementation of the algorithms to control and vary parameters of simulated grid and a physical component provides connection and switching of the simulated elements in the same mode to that in a real EPG.
The developed simulation complex allows reducing the number of large accidents by 35-40%, lowering energy losses by at least 4-5% due to the optimization of operation modes of AAG-based EPG. It increases stability of power grids and ensures energy safety of consumers, as well as helps to train world-class specialists at universities and companies.
According to the developers, the revenue of the countrywide introduction of the complex might amount to at least 50-60 billion rubles a year.
The simulation complex of Tomsk Polytechnic University is a unique development having no counterparts in Russian and abroad. In comparison with the world’s widely used simulation systems, the TPU simulation complex, first, almost has no common shortcomings and secondly, it is two-three times cheaper than tools produced in China and Canada.
TPU Rector Petr Chubik congratulated the research group on winning the prize:
‘Dear colleagues, my heartily congratulations to you on the well-deserved reward! Receiving the Prize of the Russian Government in the field of science and engineering to young scientists is a great personal achievement for each of you, it is the triumph of a team spirit and another big diamond in the treasury of the brilliant victories of Tomsk Polytechnic University.’