Sunday, September 28, 2008

Huge off-shore substation with IEC 61850

The huge off-shore substation for Alpha Ventus supporting IEC 61850 has been installed in the North Sea (nice pictures ... text in German).

Background information from one of the partner companies: EWE (pdf, 950 KB)

Alcatel Lucent IEC 61850 Gigabit Ethernet

Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6855 Hardened LAN Gigabit Ethernet switch supports IEC 61850.

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I look forward to serving your needs in the future with up-to-date and crucial information on IEC 61850 and IEC 61400-25.

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IEC 61850 OPC Server

ReLab IEC-61850 OPC device driver extends ReLab OPC Server capabilities and allows it to communicate with any IED that support IEC-61850 protocol.

ReLab’s OPC server provides along awaited bridge between IEC-61850 devices and OPC world.

More details ...

Standard PLC with IEC 61850 and IEC 61400-25

Beckhoff (PLC manufacturer from Germany) supports the standards IEC 61400-25 and IEC 61850 in the TwinCAT PLCs for wind turbine communication. Release in mid 2009.

Brief information in English ... in German ...
further information in German
further information in English

After the many fieldbus wars we see more and more PLC manufacturers returning to the "old" concept of MMS (ISO 9506, Manufacturing Message Specification) ...

IEC 61850 / IEC 61400-25 on a single page.

IEC 61850 and IEC 61400-25 at CEPSI 2008 (Macau)

IEC 61850 and IEC 61400-25 presented by Karlheinz Schwarz (SCC) at the CEPSI 2008 conference in Macau end of October 2008:

27 Oct 2008, Monday
4:15 pm – 6:00 pm Technical Session (IEC 61850 outside Substations, paper abstract)

31 Oct 2008, Friday
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Technical Session (IEC 61850/61400-25 and Condition Monitoring, paper abstract)

I look forward to seeing you there.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Nari Relays successfully in operation

Nari Relays (Nanjing, China) provides a variety of products applying IEC 61850.

RCS-FAMILY Products Based on IEC 61850:

· RCS-900 Series Protection
· RCS-9700 Software Package
· RCS-9700 Series Bay Control Unit
· RCS-9600 Series Protection, Monitoring & Control Unit
· RCS-9698G/H Communication Control Unit
· RCS-9794A Protocol Converter (Gateway)

Product prochure (pdf, 1.4 MB)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

IEC 61850-80-1 to be published very soon

The final text for the Technical Specification (TS) IEC 61850-80-1 "Guideline to exchanging information from a CDC based data model using IEC 60870-5-101 or IEC 60870-5-104" has been sent by the project leader Wolfgang Brodt (Siemens Vienna) to IEC Central Office for preparation of the official TS publication. Wolfgang has done a great job to publish the TS!

"This Technical Specification gives a guideline on how to exchange information from a CDC based data model (e.g. IEC 61850) using IEC 60870-5-101 or IEC 60870-5-104 between substation(s) and control center(s). Mostly guidelines for functions needed in a substation gateway device are given.
The goal of this Technical specification is to describe standardized mapping of device oriented data models (e.g. IEC 61850) with already defined attributes of CDC's and services (e.g. IEC 61850-7) onto the already defined ASDU's and services of IEC 60870-5-104 or IEC 60870-5-101. It is not the goal of this Technical Specification to add any extensions to published standards (e.g. IEC 61850 or IEC 60870-5-104 or IEC 60870-5-101)."

Center for IT Standards in the Energy Sector (CISE)

Am OFFIS in Oldenburg wird im Oktober 2008 das "Center for IT Standards in the Energy Sector" (CISE) gegründet.

Flyer mit Details

Ziel: Bei zunehmender Anzahl und Heterogenität der Marktakteure, Geräte, Systeme und Anlagen in der zukünftigen (dezentralen) Energieversorgung ist die Automatisierung im Zusammenspiel mit dem Informationsaustausch eine sehr wichtige Komponente. Eine „semantisch saubere“, d.h. inhaltlich unmissverständliche Kommunikation der beteiligten Komponenten ist seit einiger Zeit Gegenstand der internationalen Normung bei IEC: IEC 61968, IEC 61970, IEC 61850, IEC 61400-25, ... ISO 9506. Mitarbeiter des CISE werden aktiv an der Gestaltung und Umsetzung der entsprechenden Normen mitwirken.

"Internationale Standards und Normen ermöglichen die Interoperabilität im Energiesektor und senken so die Integrationskosten. Der Umsetzung dieser Standards in Software ..."

Friday, September 12, 2008

One Page Introduction to IEC 61850 (IEC 61400-25)

One of the shortest introductions to the standard series IEC 61850 and IEC 61400-25 on a single page with the basics and an example ... download (pdf, 57 KB)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Solvay uses IEC 61850 for Energy Control Center

Solvay (world-leading producer of chemicals, plastics and pharmaceutical products) uses IEC 61850 to ensure the chemical company’s power supply worldwide by utilizing an Energy Control Center based on IEC 61850. Solvay requires energy in large amounts on a consistent basis for its chemical processing, especially for soda production by electrolysis. Reliability and optimization of the supply are therefore vital to Solvay’ssuccess.

Solvay attached considerable importance to a solution with maximum standardization, not only for cost reasons but also because of its greater practicality. A standardized architecture for system features, archive and software module, as well as ease of operation and problem-free maintenance were therefore solidified in the invitation to bid.

Paper from Siemens in English, German

Reinhausen reports about successful integration of IEC 61850

Utilities in many different countries benefit from the Ethernet based networking offered by IEC 61850 for load tap change controllers. Reinhausen is one of the first manufacturer with integrated IEC 61850 capability in their devices. Reinhausen reports on several succesful projects in multiple languages:

News in German, English, Spanish, Italien, and Russian

Sunday, September 7, 2008

One Day Introduction on IEC 61850/61400-25 for renewable energy in Seoul

The benefits of using approved International Standards IEC 61850 and IEC 61400-25 for Renewable Energy Resources will be presented and discussed during a one day seminar in Seoul (South Korea) on October 2008-10-02.

The Myongji University organizes the event during the 60th Anniverary.

Flyer with details (pdf)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Sisco provides new release of AX-S4 MMS (V5.1000)

A new release of Sisco's AX-S4 MMS (V5.1000) is now available with improved IEC 61850 support including SCL configuration.

AX-S4 MMS overview

AX-S4 MMS data sheet

New IEC 61850-6 ICD Editor

Triangle MicroWorks offers a new IEC 61850 ICD Editor (IED capability description) that supports the creation and editing of Substation Configuration Language (SCL) files defined by the IEC 61850-6 specification.

Downloads: Evaluation version, Brochure, Manual, Test Server Manual

Friday, September 5, 2008

Kick-off meeting for IEC 61400-25 Interest Group

USE61400-25 – IEC 61400-25 user group in wind power kick-off meeting - the opening session for establishing an interest group focusing on the new IEC 61400-25 standard on communication aspects for wind power systems.

Invitation and agenda for first meeting in Copenhagen/Denmark, September 17, 2008

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Wind Power: IEC 61400-25 PLC library from Beckhoff

The IEC 61400-25 standard defines information models and information exchange for monitoring and controlling wind turbines. Its integration in Beckhoff's TwinCAT PLC (programmable logic controller) software will simplify the control and monitoring of heterogeneous wind farms considerably.

More details ...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

IEC 61400-25-4 Mappings published as International Standard

The fifth part of the series IEC 61400-25 - part 25-4 for mappings - has been published recently.

The mappings specified in this part of IEC 61400-25 comprise:

– a mapping to SOAP-based web services,
– a mapping to OPC/XML-DA,
– a mapping to IEC 61850-8-1 MMS,
– a mapping to IEC 60870-5-104,
– a mapping to DNP3.

All mappings are optional, but at least one optional mapping shall be selected in order to be compliant with this part of IEC 61400-25.

A preview can be downloaded from IEC.