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Armed with NI LabVIEW software, CompactRIO, and PXI hardware, researchers at the University of Zagreb in Croatia have established the Laboratory for Renewable Energy Sources, or LARES. We all know that green is the way to be, but as the demand for clean energy grows, the need to make it efficient and readily available does as well. To meet such demands, LARES conducts research on controlling and storing wind, hydrogen, and solar energy.


Let’s get the nuts and bolts straight. LARES is a microgrid consisting of a custom-made wind turbine, an electrolyzer and fuel cell stack for hydrogen production, and solar panels. It was designed to investigate and develop microgrid algorithms to control specific energy sources. Designing these control algorithms can be tricky, because the amount of energy produced by renewable sources is often unpredictable. The algorithms require many control loops and real-time hardware operation on a millisecond time scale. That’s a definite need for speed. With the help of NI products, the LARES engineers laid the foundation for virtual power plant control and made green energy a more reliable power source for the future. Captain Planet would be proud.


Check out their mean, green set-up:



      Wind Chamber with Wind Turbine and Powerful Blower     




                                                                            Hydrogen-Based Energy Source Consisting of Hydrogen Storage,                                                                            

Fuel Cell, Valves, and Measurement Equipment



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When faced with the challenge to develop an integrated, configurable hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) flight simulator, the engineers at HCL Technologies knew where to turn – the dynamic duo of NI LabVIEW software and PXI hardware. The company’s client, a leading company specializing in developing flight control systems (FCS) for aircraft, needed a flexible, scalable new testing system that could simulate various flight conditions and measure the HIL sensor responses.




HCL engineers got down to work, building the FCS on open, industry-standard PXI architecture. Then, they chose LabVIEW for its unbeatable graphical capabilities and seamless integration with PXI products, and included LabVIEW drivers for use with third-party hardware.


With the help of NI products, HCL rose to the challenge. With PXI, the team was easily able to combine data from a wide range of interfaces. Nifty toolkits such as the CEI-LabVIEW and the LabVIEW FPGA Module greatly reduced development time.


Using their new FCS powered by LabVIEW and PXI, HCL’s client saves significant time when completing manual testing and collating, analyzing, and preparing reports. Now, that’s what we call taking business to new heights.


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