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A survey and statistical analysis of smart grid co-simulations

: Vogt, Mike; Marten, Frank; Braun, Martin


Applied energy 222 (2018), S.67-78
ISSN: 0306-2619
ISSN: 1872-9118
Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie BMWi
Zukunftsfähige Stromnetze; 108553; OpSimEval
Fraunhofer IEE ()
smart grid; Co-Simulation; ICT; Power Grid; computer simulation

Smart Grids consist of multiple actors and physical phenomena, which are often difficult to capture in one single simulation framework. Therefore, researchers increasingly couple distinct simulators to form novel “co-simulations”. In this paper we present a literature survey of 26 smart grid co-simulation frameworks. First of all, we present our understanding of a co-simulation. We then classify the 26 frameworks on multiple characteristics, such as simulation tools, synchronization methods and research topics. Finally, we present correlations between different key characteristics, analyze possible research gaps and discuss possible trends and future development areas in the field of smart grid co-simulations.