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Reference Number NIA_SPT_1303
Title IEC 61850 Integration of Substation Protection and Control - Test Facility
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
SP Energy Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 April 2013
End Date 01 December 2016
Duration 44 months
Total Grant Value £133,494
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_SPT_1303
Objectives The objectives of the work is as follows: Prove the interoperability of all the IEDs and their performance in the SAS architecture proposed by ScottishPower Prove communication between the test facility and the OCC using IEC 60870-5-101 (create a substation "Cambuslang") and prove all required functionality from the OCC (including support tools) Thoroughly test compatibility of any new IED to be installed onto the network Understand and document any issues faced and resolved from the above four activities Share all knowledge gained. This project will be deemed successful if the test centre becomes fully functional and the learning from the centre has been used to enable novel protection systems in transmission substations.
Abstract The IEC 61850 standard is intended to provide a standardised framework for the implementation of communication-based Substation Automation Systems (SAS). The principal benefits of employing the IEC 61850 approach are: Reduced engineering through re-usable designs Reduced time and cost for assembly and wiring Reduced site wiring and installation Increased off-line testing resulting in faster commissioning and reduced outage durations. Iberdrola’s early experiences of attempting to engineer an IEC61850 compliant multi-vendor substation using the various files and software tools from each vendor led to unsatisfactory conclusions: ; It was difficult to achieve interoperability between devices from different vendors as each vendor has implemented the IEC 61850 standard according to its own designs. No two vendors implement the same functions to the same extent; the engineering process was complex and time consuming. It required extensive work to create the Intelligent Engineering Device (IED) configuration files and an expert knowledge of the underlying format of IEC 61850 configurations. To further our knowledge, experience and understanding of a GB compliant IEC 61850 process and related compliant IEDs we intend to create an IEC 61850 test facility in Cambuslang that would not only create a "station bus" simulation substation but also allow the pilot of the new IEC 60870-101 communication protocol to the Operational Control Centre (OCC). This facility would provide the following benefits: Allow the testing of multiple IEC 61850 IEDs from different vendors, RTUs and fault recorders for compatibility and operational adequacy Enable the risk free trial of the new (to us) IEC 60870-5-101 communication protocol and its support tools (the replacement of the existing Mk2A protocol) Allow the testing and programming of IEDs before installation reducing outage time and streamlining work on site Future proofing: if the IEC 61850 standard ever changes/progresses, this centre will be able to prove compatibility with future versions Reduced support costs as SPEN would provide first line support for this system (i.e. reduced costly third party support).Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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