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Foundational Smart Grid Standards

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has advised the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it has identified five "foundational" sets of standards for Smart Grid interoperability and cyber security that are ready for consideration by federal and state energy regulators. The standards, produced by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), focu... More

IEC 61850 - compliant multi-function Toshiba relays

Toshiba have added IEC 61850 capability to their GRD Series providing a comprehensive implementation of the standard for this range of high performance multifunction devices. GRD110, GRD130 and GRD140 offer overcurrent, voltage and directional overcurrent protections respectively with each device having a full range of supporting functions. In addition, a high impedance differential ... More

IEC 61850-9-2 MICOM - process bus relay

The first MiCOM Alstom IED was manufactured on 7th October 2010.  The inaugural relay model chosen - a transmission distance relay equipped with an IEC 61850-9-2 process bus interface - underlines Alstom's intention to build upon the strengths of its Stafford Center of Excellence, and worldwide satellite expert teams, advancing the technology in numerical substation architectures. ... More

New Software Platform for Managed Switches

Belden has recently introduced Edition 6.0, a new version of the software platform for the Hirschmann™ MACH, MICE, Rail and OCTOPUS managed switches. In addition to the comprehensive management, diagnosis and filter functionality as well as redundancy procedures, security mechanisms and real-time applications supported by the previous version, Edition 6.0 offers additional functio... More

OMICRON CT Analyzer - now with RemAlyzer!

Software based tool to determine CT residual magnetism The operation of protection devices is affected by the performance of current transformers (CTs).  They must be accurate during normal and fault conditions. CT Remanence is the amount of residual magnetism left in the iron core due to faults with DC offset.  High residual magnetism can lead to mis-operation of the pro... More

Redundancy Solution for Industrial Ethernet Networks

Moxa introduces its new redundancy solution for Industrial Ethernet networks - Turbo Chain. This ia a layer 2 protocol that provides recovery of the network communication in case of a single switch failure, or in case of a single link failure between switches. Its recovery time is less than 20 milliseconds with up to 250 switches in one chain. Turbo Chain offers flexible network topol... More

REU615 - Voltage Protection and Control IED

ABB introduces a new voltage protection and control IED, REU615, of the 615 product series. REU615 is perfectly suitable for power distribution applications requiring voltage and frequency protection, and automatic voltage regulator functionality. In addition, all 615 series IEDs have been enhanced with customizable single line mimic diagram for supporting safe local operations and self-... More

RuggedSolutions (tm)

RuggedCom has purchased the substation automation business of Bow Networks Inc. and created a line of market leading substation automation and security software solutions which are used to securely retrieve, present and analyze information from intelligent electronic devices. The new RuggedSolutions™ permit NERC CIP compliant access to substation IEDs and allow utilities to make decisio... More

SEL Digital Transducer

The new SEL-734T Advanced Digital Transducer monitors feeders, transformers, and distributed generation assets. By applying this device, system operators can assess the state of the system in real-time, isolate disturbances, and control capacitor banks, all through remote commands. Through its recording and reporting capabilities, the SEL-734T improves power quality and reliability, decrea... More

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Foundational Smart Grid Standards

ZIV Charging System Components The growing global interest in electric vehicles and the fact that this year several manufacturers are introducing 100% electric cars on the market faces a significant challenge due to the lack of charging infrastructure. That is one of the reasons that suppliers and governments are working hard for solutions. ZIV’s PRV-S charging point has been speci... More

General Parallel File System

General Parallel File System The transition of the electric power industry towards a smarter grid will result in a tremendous growth in the amount of data that is communicated and stored for real-time and off line use. An example is the intention to store synchrophasor data with a rate of one sample per cycle (with potential increase to four samples per cycle) collected from thousands of Ph... More

Plug-in DERs - plug-in solar and wind power modules

One of the great challenges with solar and wind power farms is that they are typically located far away from the loads they are supposed to serve, which requires significant investments in power delivery infrastructure. An interesting alternative is being offered by a Seattle, Washington, USA based start-up company - Clarian Power. It is trying to bring plug-in solar and wind power mod... More
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