Final Thoughts

If we look at the world around us, we will see that there are many similarities between different domains. Being a winner in any field requires specific qualities and a lot of efforts to master the skills to make you a winner.


Let us take as an example one of the most prestigious sporting events - The America’s Cup. First contested in 1851, it is the biggest prize in yachting and the oldest trophy in international sport, predating the modern Olympic Games by 45 years. To overcome the challenges of the ocean and the changing winds with the highest speed and the best strategy requires the development of the most technologically advanced boats that practically fly above the water. They are also continuously improved during the race in order to achieve the optimal, most efficient performance.

At the same time the crew has to be trained to be in the best shape possible in order to be able to handle the advanced boat and take full advantage of its capabilities in the challenging conditions of the competition. It is not easy, but this is what it takes to be a Winner.

In this issue of the magazine we are trying to answer the question “Why should we switch to IEC 61850?” And we can find the answer in the America’s Cup analogy. Navigating through the challenging waters of today’s continuously changing grid with high penetration of distributed energy resources is impossible with the electromechanical or solid-state technology of the last century. It requires the use of the most advanced technology in the hands of crews that are well trained to take full advantage of IEC 61850’s capabilities. This is what it takes to be a Winner.





BeijingSifang June 2016