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Testlab

The Living Lab Cologne provides the opportunity to conduct comprehensive end-to-end tests using reference setups that simulate real-world deployment scenarios. These tests in the real environment are essential for verifying the functionality and reliability of systems under realistic conditions.

A test framework also facilitates efficient integration tests, ensuring seamless cooperation and interoperability of various devices. This testing tool enables the examination of both functional and non-functional requirements.
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Reference Setups

In our reference setups, it is possible to exchange individual components such as the control unit (CU), energy management systems (EMS), or end devices, and to verify their interoperability with each other. We can implement both the direct control of a single device and the control of multiple devices through an EMS.

The control of the control unit can be executed via IEC 61850, CLS.EEDI with MQTT, or directly through control instructions implemented in the SMGW. These control commands can be carried out using a simulated backend (Exceeding Solutions GmbH) as well as backends operating in a real environment (BTC AG, Robotron Datenbank-Software GmbH, IVU Informationssysteme GmbH, and PSI GridConnect GmbH).

Infrastructure

At the Living Lab Cologne, we operate a cross-manufacturer test infrastructure for intelligent metering systems (iMSys) and controllable energy-consumer devices (SteuVEs). Our infrastructure includes the following permanently installed iMSys and SteuVEs, which can be flexibly exchanged in test setups. Additional devices are available upon request.

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GCPH
EMS
EMOB
HVAC
INV
DOMA
Gateway
Control Unit
Wallbox
Heating
Cooling
Solar
Battery
White Goods
PPC
Prolan
TQ Systems
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Vaillant
Theben + Theben MWM
GridX
Kostal
Daikin
PPC CLS-Gateway
Additional components of our infrastructure include:
  • Arrow Right IconAdministration of the iMSys infrastructure through integration with real aEMTs
  • Arrow Right IconSeparate HAN networks (VLANs) to facilitate interference-free analyses
  • Arrow Right IconRemote access via VPN
  • Arrow Right IconDemonstrators for presentations
  • Arrow Right IconData acquisition and visualisation

Testing Options

A list of the available testing options can be found under test conditions. We recommend conducting the tests described in Module 2 only after successfully completing the tests outlined in Module 1. Inclusion in the EEBUS device list is achieved through a manufacturer’s declaration following the successful completion of the tests in both Module 1 and Module 2.