This paper demonstrates a Power Hardware-in-the-Loop (PHIL)
implementation of a decentralized optimal power flow (D-OPF) algorithm
embedded into the operations of two microgrids connected by a tie line.
To integrate the static behavior of the optimization model, a two layer
control architecture is introduced. Underneath the dispatch commands
from the D-OPF, a primary control scheme provides instantaneous reaction
to the load dynamics. This setup is tested in the PHIL environment of
the CoSES Lab in TU Munich. In the experiment, the two microgrids
cooperatively optimize their operation through an ADMM based unbalanced
D-OPF. The operations is then benchmarked against the exclusive use of
primary control, without D-OPF. The decentralized approach outperforms,
but also shows minor inefficiencies of integrating optimization methods
into the real-time operation of the system.