OPAL-RT’s unique value to the market stems from its skill in designing both mathematical simulation solvers and hardware. Since its inception, the firm’s mission has been to design simulators that could run seamlessly on standard PCs and deliver the same quality performance –or better– than the expensive, custom computer-based simulation solutions. This approach ultimately differentiated it from its industry peers. OPAL-RT also designs high-performance FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) boards and mathematical solvers to accurately simulate power electronics systems that enable testing and design of the fast control systems used in electric hybrid cars, more electric aircrafts, and micro-grids. Also, the simulators exhibit time step performance in the range of a few nanoseconds or microseconds, in contrast to the traditional systems that could only provide time steps of several hundred microseconds. The simulations based on OPAL-RT’s hardware devices thus greatly reduce the need for high-tech laboratories and extra expenditures for customers, while delivering much greater accuracy and flexibility than conventional systems.
OPAL-RT has put intensive focus on expanding its research capabilities to strengthen its industry expertise and create more innovative products and solutions and gain a substantial edge over its competitors. OPAL-RT currently supplies simulators to several national laboratories for in-depth research of micro-grids, power electronics, and more advanced simulator solutions. This is what Mr. Belanger calls “demonstration projects”: if the demonstrations are successful, OPAL-RT would then partner with corporations to allow them to use its new solutions. In the process, OPAL-RT envisions global expansion by extending its research facilities into the South American, European, and Asia-Pacific regions.