Sunday, April 29, 2012

Siemens SIPROTEC 5 – Documents online

Click on "Download Software & Documents" on right side of page.

The SIP 5.01 booklet is listed as "System Catalog V1.0"

Friday, April 27, 2012

IEC Standards for the Integration of Wind Energy and Photovoltaic

Dr. Kai Strübbe, Head of Embedded Systems, TÜV SÜD AG, presented some crucial aspects of the Integration of renewable power into the Smart Grids at the Hanover Fair 2012:

The Integration of Wind Energy and Photovoltaic into a Smart Grid
Hannover Messe, 24 April 2012

According to the figures shown in the presentation there are more than 1,000,000 low voltage substations in Germany – most of them are not yet controllable! It’s a huge market.

He said that “IEC 61850 Will Be the Esparanto of the Smart Grid” – Right. IEC 61850 (IEC 61400-25) is a language that is already spoken in the medium and high voltage networks – the huge low voltage domain is next!

There is a huge interest in learning this language and easy to use IEC 61850 hardware and software shown during the fair in Hanover. The crucial questions were on how to implement the standards in a short time to market. SystemCorp and TQ had the right answer.

Download the presentation from Dr Stübbe [pdf, en, 1 MB]

By the way, there are still seats available for the next 3 day public IEC 61850 training in Frankfurt (Germany) from 09–11 May 2012.


If you are interested in the training and FREE IEC 61850 development kit DK61 contact us please.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Famous Visitors at the TQ/SystemCorp Booth at Hanover Fair 2012

Reinhard Bütikofer (Member of the EU Parliament) and Ludwig Karg (E-Energy) visited the TQ/SystemCorp booth C45 in Hall 13 on Wednesday (2012-04-25). They discussed the future of Smart Grids (under the headline of IEC 61850 and IEC 61850 embedded controllers from TQ):

Detlef Raddatz and Pritam Munot (both from SystemCorp, Perth Western Australia) have explained the benefits of IEC 61850 stack and API integrated on TQ embedded controllers (ARM 9 and ARM 11) – these products help to “Get Smart Quick”:

Hanover Fair – NettedAutomation Brochure for Download

There is an overwhelming interest in IEC 61850 we are facing at the Hanover Fair 2012. The 47 page brochure from NettedAutomation on IEC 61850 and IEC 61400-25 distributed run already out at the third day!


The brochure is now available for download:

Download the 47 page brochure on IEC 68150 distributed at the Hanover Fair 2012 [pdf, 5.8 MB].

TQ IEC 61850 Embedded Controllers at the Hanover Fair

The following embedded controller are on display at the Hanover Fair; the interest in getting a package of a hardware piece with an integrated IEC 61850 API for servers and clients is huge:



Download technical specification for TQMa28 with IEC 61850.



Download technical specification for TQMa35 with IEC 61850.

IEC 61850 at the Hanover Fair

TQ, SystemCorp and NettedAutomation present IEC 61850 on embedded ARM platforms at the Hanover Fair, from Monday to Friday (23.-27. April 2012) - (Hall 13 Stand C45):

The interest in IEC 61850/IEC 61400-25 on powerful embedded controllers is huge! Visitors from all over visited the booth for information or asked for offerings for small and large quantities during the first two days.

Friday, April 20, 2012

IEC 62351-10 – Security architecture guidelines

A new key draft document on Security has been published by IEC:
IEC 62351-10 TR Ed.1:
Power systems management and associated information exchange –
Data and communications security – Part 10: Security architecture guidelines
Ballot closes on 2012-06-22; ask your IEC National Committee for a copy.
Cyber security becomes more and more a basic requirement in power control systems as standard IT and other forms of modern communication technology are being increasingly used for control and supervision of these systems. The application of IT communication technology requires the consideration of already existing vulnerabilities, which can be exploited by potential attackers, as
recent intentional and unintentional cyber incidents on SCADA and other industrial control systems have shown. The increasing number of control system cyber incidents world-wide with medium to high impact underlines the requirement for appropriate security measures.
The draft document targets the description of security architecture guidelines for power systems based on essential security controls, i.e., on security-related components and functions and their interaction.
Furthermore, the relation and mapping of these security controls to the general system architecture of power systems is provided as guideline to support system integrators to securely deploy power generation, transmission, and distribution systems applying available standards.
The main clause is:
4.3.1 Substation Automation
4.3.2 Control Center – Substation Communication
4.3.3 Advanced Metering
See the list of all parts of the series IEC 61351:
It is HIGHLY recommended to ALL stakeholders in the energy industry to keep an close eye on the security issues!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

IEC 61850 ready for VHP-Ready (Virtual Heat and Power Ready)

Vattenfall Europe New Energy GmbH and Vattenfall Europe Wärme AG seem to be ahead of many other utilities in implementing “virtual Power Plants”. They have set a standard on how to use renewable energy in a virtual power plant. The information exchange is realized with two IEC TC 57 standards: IEC 60870-5-104 (Fernwirktechnik) and IEC 61850-7-420 (DER).

Vattenfall is one of the leaders of the implementation of virtual power plants. The concept is called: VHP READY – Virtual Heat & Power Ready.

Their objective is by end of 2012 to provide their services to 150.000 housing units (with some 500 CHP or heat pumps) communicating with a Vattenfall control center. By 2013 they expect some 1,000 CHP or heat pumps providing heat and electric power to some 200.000 housing with an electric capacity of 200 MW.

The requirements document lists a total number of signals of 40:

  • 8 binary status signals,
  • 17 measurements and calculated values,
  • 5 metered values, and
  • 10 control points.

Requirements document referring to IEC 60870-5-104 and IEC 61850 can be downloaded [German, pdf, 23 pages, 360 KB]

VHP READY – Virtual Heat & Power Ready

Vattenfall virtuelles Kraftwerk

Several other projects are under way in Germany to implement a similar approach. In one project there is already a plan to define (and possibly standardize) a specific profile (subset) of IEC 61850-7-420. Such a profile would represent the above some 40 signals – a very simple set of models that could easily be implemented in an IEC 61850 IED like the Beck IPC IEC 61850 com.tom:



More information on Beck IPC IEC 61850 com.tom.

Basic component for IEC 61850: the IPC@CIP

Download the discussion about benefits using Beck’s ready-to-go solutions with IEC 61850 [pdf, 2.3 MB, 18 pages]

SystemCorp, TQ and NettedAutomation at Hanover Fair 2012

IEC 61850 software, hardware and peopleware are crucial topics at the Hanover Fair 2012. SystemCorp, TQ and NettedAutomation provide all three:

  • SystemCorp has the right software to get started in hours or days
  • TQ has powerful embedded controller that run the IEC 61850 API and
  • NettedAutomation provides the education to get Smart People for smart grids

IEC 61850 - Get there first with SystemCorp, TQ and NettedAutomation as competent partners!

IEC 61850 - Mit SystemCorp, TQ und NettedAutomation als kompetente Partner zuerst am Ziel!

Monday, April 2, 2012

CDV of IEC 61850-10 Ed.2.0 approved

The CDV of IEC 61850-10 “Communication networks and systems for power utility automation - Part 10: Conformance testing” has been approved by the 25 P-members of IEC TC 57 end of March 2012.

The next step will be the FDIS publication for final ballot.