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Cost effective automation

Open execution platform with centralized management of protection and control functions

The project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of a platform for execution with the ability to perform protection and control (P & C functions) from different vendors in a controlled manner. This will facilitate vendor-neutral requirements and design of the automation of substations, so that utility companies can implement complex protection system at a reduced cost.

The scope of the project is to develop proof-of-concept prototype. The developed system will accomplish the following tasks: demonstrate 1) that multi-vendor protection and control functions can co-exists on same platform in a controlled manner; 2) that the functions are hardware platform independent.

The project is collaboration between device vendors, universities and utilities. The project combines latest development in communication (IEC 61850) and industrial informatics (IEC 61499). The project aims to develop IEC 61499 protection scheme and test it on 10/0.4 kV substation in a real-time laboratory installation.

Project partner is IETV AB device vendor.

Reference group includes representatives from utility Vattenfall, Luleå Energi, Goterborg Energi, Svenk Energi,  Svenska Kraftnat, Ellevio, IETV AB and ABB.

The project is started in February 2015 and will last for 7 months until September 2016.

  • Flexible multi-vendor automation systems requires
    • An Open execution platform
    • Standardized communication
  • Utilities benefit from
    • Reuse Functions on different platforms, without the overhead of re-Implementing algorithms for different devices.
    • Competition And opportunities for new vendors in software functionality - Functional Flexibility and Decreased Cost

Laboratory set up

The results of this work will be tested using a laboratory installation (Figure 2). The laboratory set up includes digital real time simulator OpalRT and PLCs. The laboratory installation offers two options for communication between OpalRT substation model and automation devices (PLCs): direct IO connections and IEC 61850 protocol. An ARM board has IEC 61850 JP Embedded stack installed and connected via IO with PLC. Thus ARM board will serve as a network interface for the PLC and forward data to substation model via IEC 61850 protocol.


Laboratory installation for testing and validation of the developed substation automation scheme.

Thus realistic conditions will be ensured by using industry grade real-time simulator OpalRT, and industrial communication IEC 61850 and direct IOs.