Research, optimization and practical implementation of optimization processes in power subsystems of power plants, heating plants and industrial plants present a relatively complex task that is nowadays unimaginable without powerful specialized tools of computer support. The paper presents a power systems emulator concept (a tool for the design and application processes involving power systems) that is based on decentralized control systems (DCS) standardly used today. Basic principles of modular design of the emulator along with an example of its implementation based on the Siemens SIMATIC-S7 DCS system are presented.
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