Industry News

A New Standard for Digital Interface

Today’s IEC 61850 9-2 implementations of merging units and multifunctional IEDs are based on the Implementation Guideline for Digital Interface to Instrument Transformers using IEC 61850-9-2 published by the UCA International Users Group. The scope of IEC Technical Committee 38 is Standardization in the field of AC and/or DC current and/or voltage instrument transformers, including thei... More

Alstom Advances in MiCOM P141-P145

Distribution Feeder Protection & Control Alstom announces significant advances in its feeder manager IEDs.  Integrated functionality now permits control of up to eight switchgear elements, in addition to circuit breaker control.  To support the improved control capability, the hardware extends up to a maximum of 48 opto inputs.  Software changes include improving the sensitivi... More

Basler Electric

New features added to BE1-11 BESTCOMSPlus® A recent reliability report shows that the majority of relay misoperations are caused by incorrect settings. In today’s fast-paced world, protection and control users need to minimize misoperations regardless of cause. Some companies think you should be more careful and develop better practices in setting relays. Basler believes you need a ... More

new GTNET-SV firmware

GTNET-SV (9.2LE and Non-9.2LE) for the RTDS® Simulator The new GTNET-SV firmware for the GTNET card is a free upgrade for existing GTNET-SV customers and allows an option to produce 9.2LE and Non-9.2LE data. The Non-9.2LE configuration is intended for the version of SV used in China and for the new IEC 61869-9 configuration. Up to 24 channels can be configured by the user as Voltage, ... More

Omicron's IEDScout: Optimized working with IEC 61850 devices

Version 4.00 of OMICRON’s IEDScout software tool now supports edition 2 of IEC 61850 and IEC 61400-25. It conveniently visualizes the commissioning workflow and shows the description texts as defined in the standard.  IEDScout supports protection and substation automation engineers, who work with IEC 61850 devices, in a variety of applications, such as:  Testing Co... More


High-fidelity HIL modeling on FPGA The main limitation of HIL simulation on CPU is the time required to transfer data between the I/Os and the CPU that are connected to the Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). Transfers pass through the PCIe bus, with data transfer times in the microseconds, therefore it wasn't possible to lower the timestep below a few microseconds. By using the FPGA f... More

Siemens provides Smart grid remote terminal units for decentralized energy resources

With the SICAM SGU, Siemens’ Smart Grid Division provides a communications-capable field device, which can be used to connect distributed energy resources to a grid control or energy management system by means of communications technology. Used as an input/output (I/O) unit, SICAM SGU allows power companies and public utilities to control and monitor decentralized power generation facil... More

Technology News

Intensity Modulated Sensor Technology

SmartSenseCom’s Electrical Phenomena Cluster (EPC) Optical Monitoring System measures both current and voltage through the use of a single measurement device per phase (the EPC), combined with electronics which can be shared among devices.  The core optical technology is licensed from the U.S. Navy and adapted to measure voltage, current, phase and other characteristics of electr... More

Organic Mega Flow Battery -

a possible breakthrough for renewable energy The mismatch between the availability of intermittent wind or sunshine and the variability of demand is the biggest obstacle to getting a large fraction of our electricity from renewable sources. A cost-effective means of storing large amounts of electrical energy could solve this problem. A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstr... More
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