Saturday, September 28, 2013

Tissue Data Base for IEC 61850-10 Edition 2 is now open

Please note that the Tissue Data Base for IEC 61850-10 Edition 2 is now open:

Click HERE to go to the part 10 Ed2 tissue data base.

The tissue data base is a very successful means to register, discuss and solve bugs, typos or other issues.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Merging Unit and Monitoring IED with IEC 61850 Server and I/Os

The Merging Unit MU320 offered by Reason combines the Sampled Value exchange with “conventional” Inputs and Outputs using GOOSE and Client/Server communication. This device seems to be a very convenient way to combine both worlds: real-time and general SCADA applications:

  • 9-2LE compliant
  • Up to 16 analog inputs, 12 binary inputs and 16 outputs
  • Support for Protection and Measurement (metering) profiles simultaneously
  • MMS monitoring and control
  • Binary inputs and outputs via GOOSE messages
  • Synchronization via Ethernet using PTP (IEEE1588)
  • Parameter setting using standard data model and SCL language

Click HERE for a more detailed description.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

SCADA and Me: A Book for Children and Management

The simple picture book (simple enough for managers and children) “SCADA and Me: A Book for Children and Management” is worth to “study” – really.

This is the children’s book recommended to be read by managers, politicians, teachers, and technical staff!

The crucial message is: SCADA systems are quite often far away from protected! “You can keep SCADA safe by doing simple things. It is the BASICS that are important.”

Click HERE to read more about the picture book.

Just do it! Protect your system! … It requires education and team work.

I would like to design such a little book on IEC 61850 … such a picture book would end like this:

It is the BASICS that are important. Do you know the basics of IEC 61850 and IEC 62351 (Security)? … are you sure. Maybe it is better to get crucial training on the basics.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Benefits of integrating real-time automation functions into IEC 61850-based SCADA platforms

What are the benefits of using IEC 61850 for real-time automation functions?

The results of an Australian project shows the capabilities of an IEC 61850 based SCADA solution that supports the integration of real-time automation functions into their platform based on the use of IEC 61131 logic programming and IEC 61850 as a means of communication for distributed automation functions.

The performance of simple Centralised Remedial Action Scheme (CRAS) implemented on a SCADA system has been evaluated and compared to the legacy methods to determine if the performance, security, reliability, scalability/flexibility and cost are justified considering the additional complexity of an integrated system. Experimental results show that the system delivers significant benefits including improved system reliability through reduced device count, improved safety with configurable operator interfaces, mobility services and remote diagnostic capabilities, and reduced engineering costs by providing a unified engineering environment that allows simple and seamless configuration based on the use of open standards.

Gaining an understanding of the capabilities of today’s real-time automation products and IEC 61850, along with new distributed automation and control functions will provide decision makers with the confidence to adopt more capable digital platforms and implement a smarter grid.
The additional complexity introduced with those highly integrated systems is justified. However, digital technology products will require organisations to develop specialised skills-sets, work processes and procedures to ensure a successful transition to new solutions and architectures.

Click HERE to download the complete report [580 KB, pdf]

Thursday, September 19, 2013

See IEC 61850 in action: Smart Vehicle to Grid Interface (SMARTV2G)

The European Project Smart Vehicle to Grid Interface (SMARTV2G) invites to attend a one day workshop in

Munich (Germany)
Monday, October 14th 2013

Participation in the event is free. All registered participants will also receive a free ticket for the eCarTec 2013.

The major target of SMARTV2G is the connection of electric vehicles to the grid by enabling controlled flow of energy and power through safe, secure, energy efficient and convenient transfer of electricity and data.

One key component in the project is the application of IEC 61850. Attendees of the workshop will get a deep inside view into the state-of-the-art of Smart Vehicle to Grid integration and status of international standardization. There is a chance to meet senior industry experts.

Click HERE to download the program and registration flyer [270 KB, pdf]
Click HERE for the online registration form in English.
Click HERE for the online registration form in German

See you there.

Friday, September 13, 2013

FDIS of IEC 61850-3 “General requirements” published

IEC CO has just published the 67 page FDIS (57/1391/FDIS) for the IEC 61850-3 Edition 2:
Communication networks and systems for power utility automation –
Part 3: General requirements

Ballot closes 2013-11-08

What’s new?

  1. Requirements are in line with those of other equipment used in the same environment (e.g. protection relays);
  2. Product safety added based on IEC 60255-27;
  3. EMC requirements completed and in line with IEC 60255 series and IEC 61000-6-5.

Main clauses are:

  • Environmental conditions
  • Ratings
  • Design and construction
  • Tests
  • Marking, labeling and packaging
  • Rules for transport, storage, installation, operation and maintenance
  • Product documentation

Monday, September 9, 2013

Meet THE experts: Learn about the Use of IEC 61850 in Italy according to the Italian Norms CEI 0-16 and CEI 0-21

TÜV SÜD and three experts from ENEL will present and discuss the application of IEC 61850 for smart grid applications in Italy:

IEC 61850: la comunicazione nelle smart grid.
Connessione con le norme CEI 0-16 e CEI 0-21

10 October 2013
presso TÜV Italia srl
via Carducci 125 pal.23 - Sesto San Giovanni (MI)

This will be a unique opportunity for the Italian audience to get introduction to IEC 61850, especially to understand how and why ENEL is using IEC 61850.

Presentation language will be in Italian.

Click HERE for more information about the (must attend) event.

Click HERE for more information on CEI 0-16 and 0-21.