The training system uses industrial components to permit a hybrid photovoltaic system to be set-up in a realistic fashion. The use of fault-protected connections and safety leads makes it possible to convey the operating principles of the system in a secure environment.
Complex energy flows within the hybrid system are graphically visualized and evaluated with the help of SCADA. The off-grid, grid-connected and interruptible power supply (UPS) modes of operation are replicated with the compact training system. The experiments in the laboratory are performed with the aid of a solar panel emulator. This guarantees reproducible results even when there is no sun.
This training system can be combined with the training systems for wind turbines and solar pump systems to create a microgrid. There is also the option of expanding the system to include real PV systems and wind turbines, thus allowing the training system to be used outside the laboratory.