PV modelling for EMT-simulation


Presented by: Henry Gras

Lunch will be provided between 12pm and 1pm.

The amount on renewable energies in electrical grids is constantly growing and, with it, the need to improve the simulation tools and models used to study their integrations. More and more system operators are now requiring very advanced EMT models for new wind or solar projects. This tutorial will focus on Photovoltaic (PV) parks.

The objective is to understand why it is important to simulate PVs with time-domain software and to learn how to model them for EMT simulations. The focus will be brought on:

  • PV cell modelling with manufacturer datasheet
  • Converter models: average-value versus detailed models
  • Power Plant Controller (PPC) and inverter control
  • Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT)
  • Protections
  • Harmonics

Generic models will be presented with a discussion on practical aspects. This tutorial will also address PV initialization challenges and propose automatic initialization methods.

LVRT simulations will be presented to verify the compliance of models with grid codes. A case of temporary overvoltage (TOV) will be demonstrated.

Registration consists of two parts - vTools and PayPal. Follow the "Register Now" link below, and complete the information. The system will then take you to a PayPal page to enter your payment information. When you have successfully registered and paid, you will receive 2 confirmation emails, 1 from IEEE and 1 from PayPal. Your registration is not complete until your payment has been received, and you have received both confirmation emails.

  Date and Time




  • 133 9th Avenue SW
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Canada T2P 2M3
  • Building: Fairmont Palliser Hotel
  • Starts 11 April 2019 12:00 PM
  • Ends 08 May 2019 12:00 PM
  • All times are Canada/Mountain
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Henry Gras, M.A.Sc.


Henry Gras received the M.A.Sc. degree from Polytechnique Montréal, Canada in 2014. Since then, he has been working as a research associate at Polytechnique Montréal where he is engaged in research and development activities related to time-domain simulation of power systems. He is also currently working with the EMTP Alliance as a developer of the ElectroMagnetic Transient Program (EMTP).