Testing Digital Subs

Improved Protection and Control Testing utilizing IEC 61850

by Benton Vandiver III, and Bharadwaj Vasudevan, ABB, USA

Two editions and ten years of global effort to standardize the substation data models has resulted in a positive transformation in our industry towards digitizing the power grid. With many vendors in this sector wholeheartedly developing products and tools to comply with the IEC 61850 standard, the ease of engineering and deploying a truly digital substation has improved over this period. From the user’s perspective, in order to reap the full benefits of this standard, they are totally reliant on the ways and methodologies utilized by the system integrator who implements their design. More