Industry Reports

CIGRE WG B5.27

Implications and Benefits of Standardized Protection and Control Schemes

by Working Group B5.27

The transition of the electric power industry towards a Smart Grid requires improvements in the quality and efficiency of all aspects of the protection, automation and control schemes engineering process. The development of standardized protection and control schemes for specific types of substation configurations, bay layout and primary equipment has the potential to save time, resources and cost once the designs are finalized for use. In order to help the industry in achieving the above-described goals, CIGRE established working group B5.27 "Implications and Benefits of Standardized Protection and Control Schemes" with the following scope:

  • Identify what is standardized design philosophy and what are the current levels of standardization in utilities, consultants and manufacturers
  • Investigate what are the main drivers for a utility to adopt a standardized design philosophy.
  • Investigate what are the main drivers for a supplier/contractor to produce/apply standardized solutions
  • Identify the short term benefits that can be achieved using standardized solutions.
  • Assess and quantify the total lifetime cost of a standard scheme compared with a non-standard design, including:
    • Level of standardization
    • Initial cost to produce, approve, commission and maintain a standard scheme compared with a non-standard design
    • The cost benefit to each bay once the design is finalized compared with a non-standard design
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Power. Flexible. Easergy.
BeijingSifang June 2016