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Reference Number NIA_NGET0104
Title Proof of Concept for IEC61850 Process Bus Technology
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
National Grid Electricity Transmission
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 August 2013
End Date 01 February 2018
Duration 54 months
Total Grant Value £146,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NGET0104
Objectives The project objectives are to install protection and control equipment that complies with the IEC61850 standard, at 400kV. Part of this objective will be to address issues that arise with the interface between conventional protection and NCITs. This project will be successful if the IEC standard equipment can be successfully used on site, and interfaced with existing equipment.
Abstract Multiple protocols exist for substation automation, which include proprietary protocols with custom communication links. The interoperability of multiple vendors solutions would be a huge advantage for TSOs all over the world. To address the interoperability issue, the IEC created a standard known as 61850 with the intention of creating a single protocol for the complete substation, and promoting the interoperation of systems between OEMs. This project is addressing a problem (from the protection side) of two points: Outage Constraint to replace protection Interoperability between different OEM solutions Demonstration Previous feasibility study projects (AS3 - National Grid IFI Project) and other university research projects gave us enough information to build an initial strategy. That strategy allowed us to make an informed decision as to a trial solution that can enable the adoption of IEC61850 standard within National Grid, as opposed to our bespoke solutions. This project will run a trial of the appropriate P&C equipment to enable the communication of different manufacturer’s equipment. The project will also demonstrate the compatibility of Non-conventional Instrument transformers, with conventional Instrument Transformers, in service.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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Added to Database 29/10/18