Laboratory of Distributed Control Systems (DCS)

Pavilion C-5, premises 111


Scientific Research Areas  


1. Distributed control methods in the field of energy


Distributed control systems are the dominant solution used in modern industrial automation systems, including control and monitoring systems and traditional renewable energy. In these systems, measurement functions, the calculation of the control and its implementation are decentralized among multiple autonomous control devices, based on microprocessor technology. These devices have ability not only to information processing, but also to their two-way digital exchange nodes, forming a network of industrial measurement and control. The subject of the proposed research is to develop algorithms for distributed control resistant to effects obtained by the wired and wireless digital data transmission systems. In the first place, research will concern about effects of algorithmic methods of compensation brought by the network data transmission.Research will include the methods of identification, modeling and simulation of distributed control systems, taking into account the requirements of real-time operation. Control algorithms will be examined and tested for different communication protocols and different conditions of data transfer, with a particular emphasis on real-time Ethernet standard IEC 61850 recommended in the energy sector.


2. Traditional control methods and technologies, renewable energy sources and itsdistribution

Research will focus on the optimal conducting process of energy distribution to the territorially distributed audiences with different needs for energy, supplied from one or more sources of energy is a common configuration in the distribution systems of thermal energy to residential, industrial buildings, building complexes, hospitals and college campuses. As well as, application of non-conventional energy sources and energy storage will be taken into consideration.Optimal routing process of energy distribution will be implemented by overriding the optimal control algorithms, coordinated with local regulators in energy nodes. The result of the research will be new methods and technologies, informatics, automation and telecommunications leading to modernization of energy systems (heating, electrical) through the use of integrated computer control systems and monitoring processes as well as data transmission systems. It is also envisaged to develop an automatic diagnostics - remote detection of faults and electro-energy subsystems and also to provide interactive electronic services for administrators of energy systems. In particular, technologies of wired and wireless control and monitoring processes will be examined and developed: standard IEC 61850 and other versions of the real-time Ethernet. It is expected to build innovative prototypes (ultra fast) drivers for electro-energy nodes using FPGA technology.  


Potential recipients of developed technology are:

  • local producers and distributors of energy as conventional as well as unconventional,
  • energy consumers, to assess the optimality of use,
  • to develop new technologies for energy production  and  methods for proper process conduction, for example based on process model.


Planned research and innovation projects (2013-2018)

1. Ultra-fast low-power electro-energy station, substation control (parameters monitoring of electro-energy substations, the quality analysis of electro-energy, response to emergency)

2. Methods for integration of low level drivers with SCADA systems

3. The parent mikrogrid network control algorithms (monito

ring, detection and isolation of faults, optimization the use of energy resources)4. The parent control algorithms for an extensive network distribution of thermal energy (monitoring, optimal management process, quality assessment, detection and diagnosis of faults)

5. Modeling methods (in real time) mikrogrid network (use of technology hardware-in -the loop, the development of specialized models of energy nodes with communication IEC 61850 or other standard industrial Ethernet) 

6. Design and implementation of distributed control algorithms using a variety of different wired and wireless data transmission protocols (the stability analysis of the network control, compensation for loss of data, compensation for delay) 

7. The development of distributed control algorithms resistant to the limitations shall be lodged by the wired and wireless data network 

8. The structures and algorithms for optimal control of complex systems of renewable energy production (eg. Pellet stove, energy batteries, the Stirling Motor, heat exchangers).  


Laboratory users:

prof. dr. hab. inż. Wojciech Grega

tel:12 617 20 96


WEAIiIB, Department of Automatics and Biomedical Engineering. B-1, third floor, room. 313