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The IEC 61850 substation communication standard is almost two years old. Worldwide, there are already over one hundred substations that have been commissioned and running with this new standard. Several projects in North America have been implemented with IEC61850 by using products from a single manufacturer. This article reports on the status of a 500KV project - the first multi-vendor project in the United States to use this new standard. More
IEC 61850 is an approved international standard for communications in substations that is creating opportunities for a revolution in the world of electric power systems protection and control. It represents the next step in integration of multifunctional IEDs based on the development and implementation of advanced distributed protection and control functions. But for this revolution to succeed, we need to understand what it is and how we can use it in order to take full advantage of its potential. That is why IEC 61850 and its applications are and will be one of the key topics for discussions in our industry in the future. More
I guess, many of you already heard about IEC 61850 and you may as well know a lot about the technical content and scope of IEC 61850. As a Convenor of the IEC working group that is responsible for the development and maintenance of IEC 61850, I will regularly address in this column topics related to IEC 61850 that are of interest for our readers. More