IEC 61850 Global 2019 Blog

IEC 61850 Global 2019 Blog

Welcoming OMICRON as Gold Sponsor

Please join us in welcoming OMICRON as Gold Sponsor to IEC 61850 Global 2019, taking place in less than 4 weeks on 14-18 October in London. Their team will be available across all five days of the event at their booth, and will be giving a case-study presentation on Day Three of the conference

In the Conference Room:

14:30 Thursday 17th October

Intrusion Detection Systems for IEC 61850 Substation Communication: Safeguarding IEC 61850 substation systems with advanced functional monitoring and threat detection

  • Understanding the need for substation IDS in the context of IT-OT integration and a rapidly evolving threat landscape
  • Evaluating traditional IT security approaches in the context of substation systems to identify the most effective methods for mitigating cybersecurity risk
  • Developing a streamlined substation IDS configuration process using the SCL to minimize implementation timelines and reduce complexity
  • Accurately detecting threats and malfunctions in real-time to deliver enhanced security of IEC 61850 substation systems

Andreas Klien studied computer science at the Vienna University of Technology, where he also received his master’s degree in computer engineering. Andreas joined OMICRON in Klaus, Austria in 2005, first as a developer and project manager, later as team lead for IEC 61850 product development. Since 2018, Andreas has been leading the Power Utility Communication (PUC) business area at OMICRON. His fields of experience are in substation communication, SCADA, and power systems cyber security. He published several conference papers and magazine articles in these fields. As a member of the WG10 in TC57 of the IEC he is participating in the development of the IEC 61850 standard series.

Andreas Klien – Head of Business Development Power Utility Communication, OMICRON

Meet with OMICRON in the Solution Zone:

StationGuard: Cyber security and functional monitoring for substations

StationGuard, with its hardware platform RBX1, is an intrusion detection system tailor-made for IEC 61850 substations. With its worldwide unique and patented approach, it uses a system model of the IEC 61850 station and process bus as a white list to detect suspicious behaviour and unauthorized actions on the network.

Due to its functional monitoring, StationGuard also detects malfunctions, such as GOOSE and MMS communication errors and time synchronization problems. It can be easily configured by importing the SCL file, but it can also be used in substations with incomplete or outdated SCL information.

Find out more at: omicronenergy.com

20+ Utility case study speakers including:

  • Christoph Brunner | President/Convenor | it4power/IEC TC 57 WG 10
  • Alex Apostolov | Principal Engineer | OMICRON
  • Frances Cleveland | President/Convenor | Xanthus Consulting/IEC TC 57 WG 15
  • Priyanka Mohapatra | Senior Project Manager | SP Energy Networks
  • Rannveig Loken | Senior Specialist P&C Systems | Statnett
  • Dr. Fouad Abou Chacra | Senior Specialist Projects & Innovation | DEWA
  • Anders Johnsson | Power System Specialist | Vattenfall
  • David McDonald | System Monitoring Lead Engineer | Iberdrola
  • Tuan Vu | Senior Digital Asset Strategies Engineer | Powerlink Queensland
  • Colin Scoble | Senior Protection Engineer | UK Power Networks
  • Nicholas Etherden | Senior R&D Engineer/Convenor | Vattenfall/IEC TC 88 JWG 25
  • Matias Sanchez Mingarro | Protection & Applications Project Manager | Red Electrica de Espana
  • Frans Shanyata | Projects & Multidisciplinary | NamPower
  • Gilles Guillet | Research Manager | RTE
  • Thomas Sterckx | IEC 61850 Expert | Elia
  • Thierry Coste | Research Engineer | EDF

Register Today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:   +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    IEC 61850 Global 2019

PS: Group Booking Discounts – Save 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time – Call us on +44 (0)20 3691 1700 to arrange!


Early Bird Savings Expire Friday 13th September

This is the last call for the early bird rate at this year’s IEC 61850 Global 2019 conference, exhibition and networking forum. If you want to save €200 on delegate passes and €1000 on exhibition spaces, please visit the registration page before midnight on Friday 13th September.

Do not miss this chance to hear from 20+ utilities spearheading the most advanced IEC 61850 implementations on the planet!

What’s on the agenda?

Just some of the topics that will be addressed in great depth this year include:

Top-Down Design

  • Developing accurate and comprehensive system specifications that support the fluid interchange of multi-vendor devices
  • Streamlining engineering processes to produce repeatable, scalable and vendor-independent substation design
  • Aligning top-down design approaches with existing processes to reduce complexity for design teams

Cybersecurity

  • Securing control systems, networks and user access in accordance with IEC 62351 and other cybersecurity standards to effectively safeguard multi-vendor IEC 61850 systems
  • Exploring best practices for security architecture of IEC 61850 systems
  • Deploying intrusion detection systems to track industrial assets, OT threats and to monitor IEC 61850 networks and processes with real-time insight

Sophisticated PAC Architectures

  • Exploring advanced IEC 61850 architectures that deliver wide-area and centralised monitoring, protection, automation and control
  • Leveraging wide-area GOOSE and Phasor Measurement Units to achieve inter-substation communication and coordinated protection capabilities
  • Simplifying maintenance and testing and reduce substation footprint through the implementation of advanced centralised protection and control schemes

Advanced Maintenance & Testing

  • Achieving glitch-free interoperation through rigorous testing of IEC 61850 process bus systems
  • Leveraging improved information access from the process bus to perform advanced analysis of faults and support the move to predictive maintenance
  • Remotely monitoring and test IEC 61850 devices to drive maintenance costs down and improve testing efficiency

20+ utility case study speakers including:

  • Christoph Brunner | President/Convenor | it4power/IEC TC 57 WG 10
  • Alex Apostolov | Principal Engineer | OMICRON
  • Frances Cleveland | President/Convenor | Xanthus Consulting/IEC TC 57 WG 15
  • Priyanka Mohapatra | Senior Project Manager | SP Energy Networks
  • Rannveig Loken | Senior Specialist P&C Systems | Statnett
  • Dr. Fouad Abou Chacra | Senior Specialist Projects & Innovation | DEWA
  • Anders Johnsson | Power System Specialist | Vattenfall
  • David McDonald | System Monitoring Lead Engineer | Iberdrola
  • Tuan Vu | Senior Digital Asset Strategies Engineer | Powerlink Queensland
  • Colin Scoble | Senior Protection Engineer | UK Power Networks
  • Nicholas Etherden | Senior R&D Engineer/Convenor | Vattenfall/IEC TC 88 JWG 25
  • Matias Sanchez Mingarro | Protection & Applications Project Manager | Red Electrica de Espana
  • Frans Shanyata | Projects & Multidisciplinary | NamPower
  • Gilles Guillet | Research Manager | RTE
  • Thomas Sterckx | IEC 61850 Expert | Elia
  • Thierry Coste | Research Engineer | EDF

Join attendees from across the global IEC 61850 community:

“A great opportunity to see the market trends and needs of other facilities, and how they faced the challenges associated with IEC 61850″
Gwennael Delhiere, Asset Manager Secondary Systems – Elia 
“IEC 61850 global helped me understand the challenges European utilities are facing with the adoption of IEC 61850. It was eye-opening to see the challenges we are facing at the same time”
Andrew Shorn, Senior P&C Engineer – NB Power 
“Excellently organised event bringing together people from all over the world and from all fields of application to discuss really relevant topics”
Gerhard Strauhs, DF FA AS ETM R&D-SW DE – ETM Professional Control GbhH 
“For me IEC 61850 is quite new. The workshop was very useful to get a better idea of what IEC 61850 is and what it means. The different use cases that were presented gave me a good idea of the benefits and options.”
Hans Slootjes, Specialist – Stedin Netbeheer B.V. 
“Good opportunity to speak with key users and providers of technology and to hear about their experiences (good and bad), ideas and wishes, and the chance to discuss that.”
Ernst van der Pols, Development Engineer Software – Dynniq Nederland B.V

Register by Friday 13 September to save up to €400 on delegate places and €1000 on exhibition places!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor: 
Call: +44 (0)20 3691 1700
Email:registration@smartgrid-forums.com
Visit:IEC 61850 Global 2019


IEC 61850 & HVDC at Red Eléctrica | Case Study

Creating a more interconnected European energy system is a key priority in order to maintain stability and security of supply while delivering on renewables integration targets. HVDC interconnectors, with their precise and instantaneous power flow control capabilities, play a huge role in making this a reality, and the HVDC link between France and Spain presents a particularly good example of this concept in action.

At the time of completion, the interconnection was the highest capacity HVDC deploying voltage source technology in Europe, doubling the electricity exchange capacity between France and Spain. Due to its highly critical role in supporting the integration of renewables into the European energy system, IEC 61850 was deployed to support sophisticated operational possibilities, incorporating high-speed wide-area measurements from across the France-Spain border, as well as extremely high availability and dependability.

This project perfectly showcases the new opportunities afforded by IEC 61850, delivering a previously unachievable control strategy to maximize energy system benefits from the new interconnector. At IEC 61850 Global 2019, we will be joined by Red Eléctrica de España’s Matías Sánchez Mingarro, who will be presenting detailed information about this highly sophisticated implementation of the standard. We caught up with Matías this week for a sneak preview ahead of his presentation at the conference:

The high-voltage DC voltage source converter interconnection between Spain and France is embedded within an AC network. Operation of the interconnection requires frequent calculation of the power flow across four parallel AC lines as well as the status of the grid near to the HVDC link. High-speed analogue data acquisition and data redundancy are necessary to satisfy the design requirements of this system.

Several control modes of operation are implemented in the HVDC VSC link. The power flow mode is based on the knowledge of the total power exchanged and changes in power flow across the existing ac lines. The simulation mode models the DC link as a simulated AC line by monitoring the angular difference between the AC buses.

The information exchange requirements of this new connector are complex, and many protocols were investigated and compared for their suitability. A novel implementation of IEC 61850 GOOSE messaging validated by IEC 61131 logical engines was eventually chosen, enabling the real-time publication of power flow values from 4 substations to support the dynamic, multi-modal operation of the HVDC VSC link.

I look forward to sharing more information about this project with you at IEC 61850 Global 2019.

At IEC 61850 Global 2019, Matías’s presentation will be one of 20+ utility case-studies demonstrating advanced implementations of the standard. With a comprehensive programme covering top-down design, the process bus, wide-area & centralized PAC, advanced maintenance, cybersecurity and more, this is an unmissable event for those focussed on leveraging IEC 61850 for advanced monitoring, protection, automation and control of smart grid devices.

Programme Structure:

Monday 14th October 2019 – Workshop: Fundamentals of IEC 61850

Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th October 2019 – Main Conference & Exhibition: Global IEC 61850 Implementation Case-Studies

Friday 18th October 2019 – Seminar: Future Applications of IEC 61850 in New Domains

  • Christoph Brunner | President/Convenor | it4power/IEC TC 57 WG 10
  • Alex Apostolov | Principal Engineer | OMICRON
  • Frances Cleveland | President/Convenor | Xanthus Consulting/IEC TC 57 WG 15
  • Priyanka Mohapatra | Senior Project Manager | SP Energy Networks
  • Rannveig Loken | Senior Specialist P&C Systems | Statnett
  • Dr. Fouad Abou Chacra | Senior Specialist Projects & Innovation | DEWA
  • Anders Johnsson | Power System Specialist | Vattenfall
  • David McDonald | System Monitoring Lead Engineer | Iberdrola
  • Tuan Vu | Senior Digital Asset Strategies Engineer | Powerlink Queensland
  • Colin Scoble | Senior Protection Engineer | UK Power Networks
  • Nicholas Etherden | Senior R&D Engineer/Convenor | Vattenfall/IEC TC 88 JWG 25
  • Matias Sanchez Mingarro | Protection & Applications Project Manager | Red Electrica de Espana
  • Frans Shanyata | Projects & Multidisciplinary | NamPower
  • Gilles Guillet | Research Manager | RTE
  • Thomas Sterckx | IEC 61850 Expert | Elia
  • Thierry Coste | Research Engineer | EDF

Spread The Word:

IEC 61850 is no longer confined to the substation! This conference is the one place and one conversation for end-users who are implementing or investigating its potential right across the grid globally. Convene, converse and create action plans to establish IEC 61850 as the de facto communication protocol for the smart grid.

Help us spread the word, by forwarding this email to colleagues in protection & control, substation automation, maintenance & operation, SCADA systems, telecom, DER integration and R&D, and help them get equipped and technically able to drive IEC 61850 across the wider smart grid!

Register by Friday 13 September to save up to €400 on delegate places and €1000 on exhibition places

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor: 
Call: +44 (0)20 3691 1700
Email: registration@smartgrid-forums.com
Visit: IEC 61850 Global 2019


Don’t Miss the Chance to Hear From IEC 61850 Specialists

In just over 8 weeks’ time, IEC 61850 Global 2019 will welcome 150+ IEC 61850 specialists and implementation leaders to this comprehensive 5-day conference.

As the only truly end-user driven IEC 61850 conversation, join this year’s event to hear detailed insights on how advanced IEC 61850 features can be leveraged to drive interchangeability within the substation and across the wider smart grid.

What’s on the programme?

Case-Study Programme

Gain valuable insights from 20+ utility case-studies, evaluate 10+ technology innovations, participate in 10+ round table discussions, and get hands-on with leading IEC 61850 enabled technologies through 2+ live demo labs

Utility Heavy Speaker Line-Up

Selected based on the strength of the projects they are involved in, their pivotal roles in implementation decision making, and their insights into lessons learned and future roadmaps

Roundtable Discussions

Take part in a series of end-user driven discussions, as well as brainstorm and problem solve with peers from across the IEC 61850 ecosystem

Fundamentals Workshop

This year’s week-long programme opens with a one-day workshop on the Fundamentals of IEC 61850 led by Christoph Brunner, Convenor of IEC TC57 WG10, providing a comprehensive yet in-depth understanding of IEC 61850

Future Applications Seminar

Hear from the pilot projects pushing the boundaries of IEC 61850 implementation to monitor and control a range of grid-edge assets, including microgrids, renewables, energy storage and electric vehicles

Solution Zone

Meet with 20+ suppliers of IEC 61850 products and services, ready to discuss your specific challenges and provide tailored advice to help propel your implementation plans to the next level

Live Demo Labs

Take advantage of a 1:1 private demonstration and gain hands-on experience of the most advanced and forward-looking IEC 61850 solutions and services

Evening Networking Reception

Join the networking reception taking place at the end of conference day one and network with colleagues from across the European smart grid technical community, allowing for new partnership opportunities to emerge and new ideas to cement

View the Programme by opening this PDF.

20+ Utility Case study Speakers Include:

  • Christoph Brunner | President/Convenor | it4power/IEC TC 57 WG 10
  • Alex Apostolov | Principal Engineer | OMICRON
  • Frances Cleveland | President/Convenor | Xanthus Consulting/IEC TC 57 WG 15
  • Priyanka Mohapatra | Senior Project Manager | SP Energy Networks
  • Rannveig Loken | Senior Specialist P&C Systems | Statnett
  • Dr. Fouad Abou Chacra | Senior Specialist Projects & Innovation | DEWA
  • Anders Johnsson | Power System Specialist | Vattenfall
  • David McDonald | System Monitoring Lead Engineer | Iberdrola
  • Tuan Vu | Senior Digital Asset Strategies Engineer | Powerlink Queensland
  • Colin Scoble | Senior Protection Engineer | UK Power Networks
  • Nicholas Etherden | Senior R&D Engineer/Convenor | Vattenfall/IEC TC 88 JWG 25
  • Matias Sanchez Mingarro | Protection & Applications Project Manager | Red Electrica de Espana
  • Frans Shanyata | Projects & Multidisciplinary | NamPower
  • Gilles Guillet | Research Manager | RTE
  • Thomas Sterckx | IEC 61850 Expert | Elia
  • Thierry Coste | Research Engineer | EDF

Register Today

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor: 
Call: +44 (0)20 3691 1700
Email: registration@smartgrid-forums.com
Visit: IEC 61850 Global 2019


IEC 61850 Remote Testing at RTE | Case Study

The geographical spread of electrical network assets poses a significant operation & maintenance challenge for grid operators, as any faults, repairs or changes to functionality often necessitate long travel times for technicians. This challenge is particularly pronounced in substations, where the complex systems often require multiple experts to diagnose faults and carry out repairs and incompleteness of information can require several visits. The more remotely located the substation, the higher a cost this carries, and the less time experts and technicians have to work on other sections of the network, eroding the overall effectiveness of maintenance activity across the organization.

Edition 2 of IEC 61850 promises to address this challenge, bringing with it the capability to remotely test and configure IEC 61850 systems and devices. When properly implemented, this feature would enable utilities to test live substation systems and even change their configuration and functionality without needing to physically enter the premises. However, this is new and untested functionality, and most utilities are yet to begin trialling it.

The French transmission operator, RTE, is one of the first-movers on IEC 61850 remote testing and configuration. This week we were able to catch up with Gilles Guillet, Digital Control System Expert at RTE, who has been working to develop their capability in this area. Ahead of his presentation at this year’s IEC 61850 Global 2019 conference, Gilles shared the following insights:

“RTE is designing a new Digital Control System fully based on IEC61850. RTE will also assume its engineering process. Starting with asset management (building, power devices) down to FAT and SAT. The system, named R#Space, will be suitable for HV to MV substations (more than 2000 in mainland France) and for HV to HV substations (about 400). As part of the industrialization, it was decided to fully automate the testing of the system for each of the engineering steps required: system qualification, IEDs integration, factory test, site test, local and remote maintenance tests.  

The test process will largely be based on IEC61850 engineering process in order to verify the configuration process thanks to IEC61850 introspection services, validate each and every function including SCADA communication, measure each critical performance (trip delays), take advantage of the simulation and test modes defined by IEC61850 with the help of IED manufacturers. The IED configuration process will also be fully automated, verifying and challenging the cybersecurity aspect of the system, and last but not least, putting in place secured remote testing in order to reduce site inspection, hence reducing hazards, increase the level of redundancies inside the system without raising its cost. 

RTE has identified and selected a company proficient in complex system testing for very demanding industries (aerospace, military, public transport).  We are looking forward to sharing more details of RTE’s experience, challenges and future steps with colleagues at IEC 61850 Global 2019.” 

Gilles will be joined by 20+ utility IEC 61850 experts and implementation leaders who will be presenting case studies covering the full range of IEC 61850 applications faced by utilities around the world. Alongside the case study agenda, there will be many networking opportunities including round-table discussions, an evening networking reception, and a lively exhibition area featuring 25+ key IEC 61850 suppliers. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this comprehensive, in-depth review of global IEC 61850 implementations, by registering your place today!

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:       +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:    registration@smartgrid-forums.com  

Visit:      IEC 61850 Global 2019

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in October 2019!


IEC 61850 Case Study from Alliander from the Netherlands

As IEC 61850 continues to evolve within the smart grid, new features are being introduced that support a wider range of applications to provide a truly comprehensive solution for smart grid device communication. But as new editions of the standard are released, early-adopters who wish to expand their existing IEC 61850 installations must grapple with interoperability challenges across editions as well as vendors.

At Alliander in the Netherlands, a project investigating the best approaches for engineering multi-vendor, multi-edition systems has been building momentum, examining backwards compatibility and system integration across six different vendors. We are pleased to announce that Jan Voltman and Robbert Koenderman will be joining us to present about this project at this year’s IEC 61850 Global 2019 conference, exhibition and networking forum. This week we caught up with them to find out more about their presentation:

“Our recent project examined the challenge of retrofitting an existing IEC 61850 substation automation system with extra bay controllers based on a more recent version of the standard.

In our presentation at IEC 61850 Global 2019, we will be detailing the engineering obstacles encountered when integrating the latest substation automation technology with legacy systems using IEC61850. During this project, we used the same SCD file with several different vendor software packages. Many interoperability challenges were encountered, for example a report control block that is determined by firmware instead of creating itself, leading to the new gateway missing the vital information it needs for controlling the circuit breakers.  

We have made some important learnings from this project, most importantly of all: how to manage the system in the future, including configuration management, change management, software tooling versions and firmware patches. From our point of view, these are the greatest challenges going forward.

We look forward to sharing more detailed information and how we integrated both systems at the conference.”

At IEC 61850 Global 2019, Jan and Robbert’s presentation will be one of 20+ utility case-studies demonstrating advanced implementations of the standard. With a comprehensive programme covering top-down design, the process bus, wide-area & centralized PAC, advanced maintenance, cybersecurity and more, this is an unmissable event for those focussed on leveraging IEC 61850 for advanced monitoring, protection, automation and control of smart grid devices.

Programme structure

  • Monday 14th October 2019 – Workshop: Fundamentals of IEC 61850
  • Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th October 2019 – Main Conference & Exhibition: Global IEC 61850 Implementation Case-Studies
  • Friday 18th October 2019 – Seminar: Future Applications of IEC 61850 in New Domains

Spread the Word

IEC 61850 is no longer confined to the substation! This conference is the one place and one conversation for end-users who are implementing or investigating its potential right across the grid globally. Convene, converse and create action plans to establish IEC 61850 as the de facto communication protocol for the smart grid.

Help us spread the word, by forwarding this email to colleagues in protection & control, substation automation, maintenance & operation, SCADA systems, telecom, DER integration and R&D, and help them get equipped and technically able to drive IEC 61850 across the wider smart grid!

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:       +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:    registration@smartgrid-forums.com  

Visit:      IEC 61850 Global 2019

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in October 2019!


Very Early Bird expires Friday 28th June

The Very Early Bird rate for the IEC 61850 Global 2019 conference, exhibition and networking forums expires next Friday 28thJune 2019. If you haven’t booked your place yet, please visit the registration page of the event website today, and secure your place at the leading edge of IEC 61850 implementations and innovations.

This year, we present you with an expanded 5-day programme, designed to bring experienced and new IEC 61850 professionals up to speed with the latest developments in standardisation, insights into implementation experiences, and foresights into the application of the standard beyond the substation.

As the only truly end-user focused meeting for IEC 61850 professionals worldwide, this is your opportunity to challenge the status quo, influence the direction of standardisation activity, and ensure that future product development tightly meets end-user needs. Watch this video for a flavour of what’s to come!

Programme structure

  • Monday 14th October 2019 – Workshop: Fundamentals of IEC 61850
  • Tuesday 15th – Thursday 17th October 2019 – Main Conference & Exhibition: Global IEC 61850 Implementation Case-Studies
  • Friday 18th October 2019 – Seminar: Future Applications of IEC 61850 in New Domains

Spread the Word

IEC 61850 is no longer confined to the substation! This conference is the one place and one conversation for end-users who are implementing or investigating its potential right across the grid globally. Convene, converse and create action plans to establish IEC 61850 as the de facto communication protocol for the smart grid.

Help us spread the word, by forwarding this email to colleagues in protection & control, substation automation, maintenance & operation, SCADA systems, telecom, DER integration and R&D, and help them get equipped and technically able to drive IEC 61850 across the wider smart grid!

Testimonials from past editions

“A very useful time, open exchange of ideas and information. Excellent real-world presentations.”

Allan Wales, Distribution Systems Specialist – SP Energy Networks


“The conference has really expanded my knowledge of IEC 61850 which will allow me to inform my colleagues and assist our DNO/DSO based approach to outlining our smart network strategy.”

Sean Stack, Substation Standard Engineer – UK Power Networks


“For me the IEC 61850 workshop was very useful to get a better idea of what the standard is and what it means.  Different use cases that were presented gives me a good idea of the benefits and options.”

Hans Slootjes, Specialist – Stedin


“Gathered a lot of new information about IEC 61850 and also exchanged with experts from different companies such as utilities, vendor sand system integrators.”

Chen Dehui, Division Chief for International Organization – State Grid Corporation of China


“Good to meet people outside of the IEC 61850 WGs, meet with utility people.”

Klaus-Peter Brand, Senior SA and IEC 61850 Expert – ABB


“This conference attracts a good mix of IEC 61850 professionals and industry thought leaders from around the world.”

Anthony Eshpeter, CTO – SUBNET


Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:       +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:    registration@smartgrid-forums.com  

Visit:      IEC 61850 Global 2019

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in October 2019!


IEC 61850 Case Study from NamPower of Africa

Adaptability remains one of the greatest strengths of the IEC 61850 standard. And with more utilities worldwide leveraging its advanced information exchange possibilities to solve a wider range of problems new implementation lessons are coming to light each day, providing new pathways for the standard’s more extensive application across the wider smart grid.

But with a multitude of possibilities come a multitude of new choices to be made, and now more than ever, utilities must opt for the applications which will add the greatest value and deliver the healthiest ROI to their business. 

At IEC 61850 Global 2019 you will gain insights into 20+ utility implementation case-studies from around the world, enabling you to see just how the standard can be leveraged in a wide variety of settings. For the first time this year, we are delighted to welcome Frans Shanyata, Senior Engineer, Projects & Multidisiplinary at NamPower in Africa to the speaker line-up. We caught up with Frans this week and he had the following to share ahead of his presentation:

“We started our IEC 61850 journey at NamPower 9 years ago, and now have 44 substations leveraging the standard. Most recently we have completed a project involving the construction of a new substation close to an old power station, with the two stations operating on 110Vdc and 220Vdc respectively. This presented a significant challenge in terms of using traditional control cables for sharing information between the stations. What makes it more interesting is the fact that the HV circuit breakers (330kV) of two transformers at the new substations were located at the old power station about 500m away.

With the use of IEC 61850 GOOSE messaging, we were able to overcome this challenge and provide all the necessary signals via fiber Optic (FO) network. With the help of Virtual LANs we were able to segregate the two networks and only allow required signals to run between the two stations. Since the HV circuit breakers of the transformers were remotely located, it was very important for us to have a redundant FO channel between the two stations and all transformer protection including Buchholz, winding & Oil temperature, over pressure, REF, differential, etc are being send to the remote breakers via GOOSE messages.    

I look forward to sharing more about this project, as well as NamPower’s wider IEC 61850 strategy, at this year’s IEC 61850 Global 2019 conference.”

Frans’ is one of 20+ utility case-studies being shared at IEC 61850 Global 2019. Alongside the case-study programme, we are delighted to bring you the Fundamentals of IEC 61850 pre-conference workshop led by Christoph Brunner, a Future Applications post-conference seminar, a number of technology innovation panel sessions, a series of end-user focused roundtable discussions, live demo labs of the latest IEC 61850-enabled tools and technologies, a focused display of 25+ IEC 61850-enabled products and services, and a networking evening reception where you will get the opportunity to meet with peers and potential partners from across the global IEC 61850 community – all under one roof!

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:       +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:    registration@smartgrid-forums.com  

Visit:      IEC 61850 Global 2019

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in October 2019!


Future Applications of IEC 61850 in New Domains Seminar in London

IEC 61850 has secured its place at the core of smart grids across the globe, providing a universal framework for the advanced monitoring, protection, automation and control of substation equipment. However, to realise the full IEC 61850 vision, the standard must be rolled out to the grid-edge, intelligently meeting the demands of the energy transition with the coordinated control of the grid as a single, unified entity.

For this reason, we are pleased to announce the inaugural Future Applications of IEC 61850 in New Domains seminar, taking place 18th October 2019 in London, right after the IEC 61850 Global 2019 main conference. This is an unmissable opportunity to learn from the most advanced grid-edge pilot projects and understand how standardization activity, including the development of IEC 61850-7-420, is bringing a truly smart grid closer to reality.

Here are just a few of the key topics and applications being examined in-depth at this exciting new seminar:

Standards Update: Find out how IEC 61850 is evolving to meet the complex task of integrating DERs into the wider energy system. Leaders from IEC TC 57 WG 17 will be on hand to explain exactly how IEC 61850 can be deployed in tandem with other protocols to achieve advanced control of grid-edge assets and provide a wide range of services to the grid.   Laurent Guise –
International Standardization Director at Schneider Electric & Convenor – IEC TC 57 WG 17
Frances Cleveland – 
President of Xanthus Consulting International & Convenor – IEC TC 57 WG 15  
Wind Power: Hear from leading researchers who are leveraging the increased communication possibilities afforded by IEC 61850 and IEC 61400-25 to operate wind assets in tandem with storage systems, as well as to provide ancillary services directly to the TSO level. Nicholas Etherden –
Senior R&D Engineer – Vattenfall (Sweden) & Convenor – TC 88 JWG 25 Peng Li, Smart Grid Senior Expert – Engie Green (France)
Microgrids: Discover how IEC 61850 is being used to achieve coordinated control of diverse microgrid systems, managing both the supply and demand of PV cells, batteries, complex loads and amplifiers in both grid-connected and islanded modes.   Thierry Coste –
Research Engineer – EDF (France)  
Vehicle-to-Grid Services: Understand how IEC 61850 and 63110 will play a crucial role in the integration of EVs into the power grid, and gain insights into the IEC 61850-based smart charging architectures and implementation approaches that will deliver maximum future benefits from V2G services.   Felix Lehfuß –
Engineer – Austrian Institute Technology  

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:       +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:    registration@smartgrid-forums.com  

Visit:      IEC 61850 Global 2019

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in October 2019!


Fundamentals of IEC 61850 Workshop

Are you in the process of expanding your team of IEC 61850 experts? Are you keen to deepen your knowledge of the essential IEC 61850 concepts? Do you have colleagues outside of your team who would benefit from gaining a better understanding of IEC 61850?

Then there is no better time to refresh your collective understanding of the fundamental building blocks, key applications, critical cybersecurity considerations, effective testing approaches and future standardisation activity of IEC 61850. And there is no better place to do this than at our pre-conference workshop on the Fundamentals of IEC 61850, led by Christoph Brunner, and taking place on Monday 14th October 2019.

This comprehensive yet in-depth programme combines a series of presentations, group exercises, and Q&A sessions to bring all participants up to date and onto the same page in readiness for the application-focussed case study sessions taking place at the main conference.

Meet your workshop leaders

This year’s workshop features a revised and refreshed agenda and includes special contributions from three of the IEC 61850 community’s leading figures:

Christoph Brunner – President of it4power & Convenor
IEC TC 57 WG 10
As a world-renowned expert in power utility automation and convenor of IEC TC 57 WG 10, Christoph has been spearheading the IEC 61850 charge across the globe for a number of years.   If you’d like to have your questions answered by the world’s leading authority on IEC 61850, don’t hesitate to reserve your place at this exclusive workshop.  
Frances Cleveland President of Xanthus Consulting International & Convenor – IEC TC 57 WG 15   Leading the development of cybersecurity standards for smart energy systems, Frances will be revealing the crucial security considerations for IEC 61850 systems, including authentication, data integrity and role-based access control.   Don’t miss this chance to secure your IEC 61850 systems with up-to-date guidance directly from the convenor of IEC TC 57 WG 15.  
Alex Apostolov – Principal Engineer OMICRON & Editor-in-Chief PACWorld   Alex has been a key figure in the development of IEC 61850, and will be on hand to provide you with expert guidance on advanced maintenance testing of IEC 61850 systems, including testing in a live substation environment.   This is a rare opportunity to receive hands-on advice from one of the world’s leading PAC experts – book your place now!

Agenda at a Glance

To ensure the timeliness of the content reflects recent developments to the standard, we’ve updated this year’s workshop agenda to cover the latest practical IEC 61850 challenges as well as expanding the scope to include the crucial topic of cybersecurity:

09:30 Registration & Welcome Refreshments  
10:30 Session 1: Fundamentals of IEC 61850 – main features of the standard and implications for the utility engineer Christoph Brunner
12:30 Lunch  
13:30 Session 2: Evolution of the standard – improvements, wider smart grid applications and suitability for new domains Christoph Brunner
14:15 Session 3: Advanced maintenance testing – challenges of testing in a live substation Alex Apostolov
15:00 Afternoon refreshments  
15:30 Session 4: Advanced engineering process – how IEC 61850 is evolving to enhance the interoperability of the engineering process Christoph Brunner
16:15 Session 5: Cybersecurity Fundamentals for IEC 61850 Frances Cleveland
17:00 Session 6: Practical Demonstrations and Q&A Christoph Brunner
17:30 Close of Workshop  

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:       +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:    registration@smartgrid-forums.com  

Visit:      IEC 61850 Global 2019

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in October 2019!


Registration is now live for IEC 61850 Global 2019

Registration is now live for the 6th annual IEC 61850 Global 2019 conference, exhibition and networking forum. This year’s expanded event provides a comprehensive 5-day programme, addressing everything from the fundamentals of IEC 61850, to advanced implementation case-studies, and insights into future applications in new domains – all in just one intensive, exhaustive, and enlightening week!

150+ IEC 61850 specialists and implementation leaders from across Europe, USA, Middle East, Asia and Africa, will come together to review 20+ utility case-studies, evaluate 10+ technology innovations, participate in 10+ end-user focused round table discussions, and get hands-on and personal with leading-edge IEC 61850 enabled technologies through 2+ live demo labs.

As the only truly end-user driven IEC 61850 conversation globally, can you afford to miss out on the information, inspiration and innovation that will be shared this year?

Navigate the week

Here’s how the week breaks down, take this opportunity to choose the sections that will deliver the most empowering insights to you, and the greatest ROI to your organisation.

Monday 14th October 2019

1-Day Fundamentals of IEC 61850 Workshop: Led by Christoph Brunner, President of it4power & Convenor IEC TC57 WG10, this one-day practical workshop provides a comprehensive and in-depth insight into the building blocks, key applications, and optimal operation of the standard within the substation and beyond. Ideal as both a refresher for experienced IEC 61850 experts and an introduction for those entering the field.

Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th October 2019

3-Day Case-Study Conference: An unrivalled opportunity to gain practical insights from advanced implementations of IEC 61850 in 20+ utility environments globally. Each case-study session has been extended to 40-minutes this year, providing both breadth and depth of information sharing on the most timely and crucial issues facing utilities such as; top-down design, process bus implementation, advanced testing, cybersecurity and more.

Friday 18th October 2019

1-Day Future Applications Seminar: A brand new seminar showcasing the latest innovations from the world’s leading IEC 61850 pilot project leaders and researchers, this is your opportunity to get ahead of the curve and discover how IEC 61850 boundaries are being pushed to monitor and control a range of grid-edge assets, including microgrids, renewables, energy storage, electric vehicles, and more.

Deep dive into leading edge case-studies

This year’s conference agenda has been fully revised and refreshed with the research input of 30+ global utilities, to ensure it exceeds expectations on technical depth, implementation relevance, and organisational objectives for our core utility audience. And that we continue to help strengthen the bridge between real-life utility requirements and standardisation and product development activities.

Just some of the topics that will be addressed in great depth this year include:

Top-Down Design

  • Developing accurate and comprehensive system specifications that support the fluid interchange of multi-vendor devices
  • Streamlining engineering processes to produce repeatable, scalable and vendor-independent substation design
  • Aligning top-down design approaches with existing processes to reduce complexity for design teams

Cybersecurity

  • Securing control systems, networks and user access in accordance with IEC 62351 and other cybersecurity standards to effectively safeguard multi-vendor IEC 61850 systems
  • Exploring best practises for security architecture of IEC 61850 systems
  • Deploying intrusion detection systems to track industrial assets, OT threats and to monitor IEC 61850 networks and processes with real-time insight

Sophisticated PAC Architectures

  • Exploring advanced IEC 61850 architectures that deliver wide-area and centralized monitoring, protection, automation and control
  • Leveraging wide-area GOOSE and Phasor Measurement Units to achieve inter-substation communication and coordinated protection capabilities
  • Simplifying maintenance and testing and reduce substation footprint through the implementation of advanced centralised protection and control schemes

Advanced Maintenance & Testing

  • Achieving glitch-free interoperation through rigorous testing of IEC 61850 process bus systems
  • Leveraging improved information access from the process bus to perform advanced analysis of faults and support the move to predictive maintenance
  • Remotely monitoring and test IEC 61850 devices to drive maintenance costs down and improve testing efficiency

Speakers

  • Priyanka Mohapatra Senior Project Manager SP Energy Networks
  • Rannveig Loken Senior Specialist P&C Systems Statnett
  • Dr. Fouad Abou Chacra Senior Specialist Projects & Innovation DEWA
  • Anders Johnsson Power System Specialist Vattenfall
  • David McDonald System Monitoring Lead Engineer Iberdrola
  • Tuan Vu Senior Digital Asset Strategies Engineer Powerlink Queensland
  • Jan Voltman Consultant Qirion (Alliander)
  • Peng Li Smart Grid Senior Expert Engie Green
  • María Avery Fernández  Head of Remote Control & Protection Endesa
  • Nicholas Etherden Senior R&D Engineer at Vattenfall & Convenor IEC TC 88 JWG 25
  • Matías Sánchez Mingarro Protection & Applications Project Manager Red Eléctrica de España
  • Frans Shanyata Projects & Multidisciplinary NamPower
  • Gilles Guillet Research Manager RTE
  • Grégory Huon Head of Engineering Governance Elia & ENTSO-E
  • Thierry Coste Research Engineer EDF
  • Alex Apostolov Principal Engineer OMICRON
  • Christoph Brunner President of IT4Power & Convenor IEC TC 57 WG 10
  • Frances Cleveland President of Xanthus Consulting & Convenor IEC TC 57 WG 15

Technology scout through the solution zone

Take this opportunity to search out new solutions through our highly focused exhibition area running alongside the 3-day case-study conference. 30+ IEC 61850-enabled system, component, testing, certification, and cybersecurity suppliers will display their solutions and offer tailored advice to help take your IEC 61850 deployment to the next level.

Is there a specific supplier you’d like to see in the solution zone? Drop us a line at: registration@smartgrid-forums.com and we will be happy to investigate and invite.

Spread the word

IEC 61850 is no longer confined to the substation! This conference is the one place and one conversation for all those implementing or investigating its potential right across the grid globally, to convene, converse, and create action plans that establish IEC 61850 as the de facto communication protocol for the smart grid. So help spread the word, by forwarding this email to colleagues in protection & control, substation automation, maintenance & operation, SCADA, telecom, DER integration and R&D, and help them get equipped and technically able to drive IEC 61850 across the wider smart grid globally!  

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:       +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:    registration@smartgrid-forums.com  

Visit:      IEC 61850 Global 2019

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in October 2019!


Save the date for IEC 61850 Global 2019

We are delighted to announce the launch of the 6th annual IEC 61850 Global 2019 conference, exhibition and networking forum, taking place 14-18 October 2019 in London, UK.

This year we are expanding the main conference across three days, providing a greater depth and breadth of cutting-edge IEC 61850 case-studies. An updated programme will deep-dive into advanced IEC 61850 implementation challenges, tackling top-down design, the process bus, sophisticated control & protection architectures, advanced cyber-security and more.

Alongside the main conference, Christoph Brunner will return with an updated pre-conference workshop, while a post-conference “Future Applications of IEC 61850 in New Domains” seminar will put the spotlight on innovative IEC 61850 use-cases from outside of the substation.

This event has played a crucial role in fast-tracking 61850 implementations across the world’s smart grids and bringing the innumerable business benefits of IEC 61850 closer to reality. This year’s expanded edition is therefore not to be missed! Mark the date in your diaries and forward this message to your colleagues working in protection & control, substation automation, maintenance & operations, SCADA, telecoms, DER integration and R&D.

Benefits of attending

  • The only truly end-user driven IEC 61850 conference – This is a unique opportunity to join your peers from across the global IEC 61850 implementation community. Share in-depth implementation experiences, identify solutions to complex practical challenges, and form new partnerships and alliances to take your IEC 61850 deployments further, faster.
  • Technical depth – Our speakers are selected for the innovative nature of their projects and are instructed to provide as much technical detail as possible. Hear practical insights and key lessons learnt from leading utilities and take your IEC 61850 implementations to the next level.
  • Honest and open discussions – The majority of our audience are implementation leaders from utilities across the world and theirs is the most important voice in this conversation. With a series of roundtable discussions, an evening networking reception and a lively exhibition area, this event facilitates the honest exchange of views about the latest IEC 61850 challenges between utilities, suppliers, system integrators and consultants, ensuring crucial steps are taken to address them.
  • Technology scouting – With an exhibition area featuring 30 of the most relevant and innovative suppliers, this is your one-stop shop for reviewing the latest solutions on the market. Alongside the exhibition, the main conference features two technology innovation panels; one focussing on IEC 61850 device suppliers and one focussing on innovative tools to deliver simplified configuration and testing, giving you the chance to have all your technology questions answered.

Speakers already confirmed

  • Christoph Brunner, President – IT4Power & Convenor – IEC TC 57 WG 10
  • Frances Cleveland, President – Xanthus Consulting & Convenor – IEC TC 57 WG 15
  • Laurent Guise, Standardization Director – Schneider Electric & Convenor – IEC TC 57 WG 17
  • Alex Apostolov, Principal Engineer – OMICRON & Editor-in-Chief – PACWorld
  • Gregory Huon, Head of Engineering Governance – Elia & Group IEC 61850 Convenor – ENTSO-E
  • Johannes Stürmer, Head of Grid Development – Innogy EDSO-E
  • Arnaud Ulian, R&D Director – EDF & Chairman – IEC TC57
  • Dr. Fouad Abou Chacra, Senior Specialist Projects & Innovation – Dubai Electricity & Water Authority
  • Priyanka Mohapatra, Innovation Lead – SP Energy Networks
  • Rannveig Løken, Senior Specialist Protection and Control Systems – Statnett
  • Nicholas Etherden, Senior R&D Engineer – Vattenfall & Convenor – IEC TC88 JWG 25
  • Gilles Guillet, Research Manager – RTE
  • Frans Shanyata, Senior Engineer PTM&C Projects– NamPower
  • Colin Scoble, Senior Protection Engineer – UK Power Networks
  • Julio Dominguez, Power System Automation Expert – Unión Fenosa Distribución
  • Steven Blair, Research Fellow – University of Strathclyde
  • Jörg Reuter, Director – HELINKS
  • Fred Steinhauser, Digital Substation & IEC 61850 Expert – OMICRON

Topics that will be discussed

  • Standards Update – examining new opportunities afforded by the latest developments from IEC working groups as well as cross-industry efforts to harmonise end-user implementation
  • Global Implementation Panel – exploring global IEC 61850 implementations and comparing levels of penetration across Asia, the Middle East, North America and Africa
  • Top-Down Design – developing accurate and comprehensive system specifications that support the fluid interchange of multi-vendor devices
  • Industrialising IEC 61850 – developing a streamlined engineering process that produces repeatable, scalable and vendor-independent substation design
  • Sampled Values – achieving IEC 61850 process bus functionality and improving access to data through the effective handling of sampled values
  • Low-Power Instrument Transformers – Assessing the technological maturity of LPITs in terms of cost, reliability and performance and determining realistic timelines and conditions for their introduction into business as usual
  • Process Bus Testing – comprehensively testing IEC 61850 process bus systems to ensure smooth interoperation and consistent performance
  • Advanced Maintenance – optimising IEC 61850 designs, documentation and testing regimes to deliver simplified maintenance and support condition-based maintenance
  • System Interoperability Panel Discussion: Outlining the challenges vendors face in achieving interoperability and the steps they are taking to address them
  • Remote Monitoring & Testing – remotely monitoring & testing IEC 61850 devices to drive down maintenance costs and improve testing efficiency
  • Wide Area Protection – achieving inter-substation communication and advanced wide area protection to defend against fast-developing system-wide disturbances
  • Centralized Protection & Control – consolidating protection and control functions into fewer devices to simplify maintenance and reduce substation footprint
  • Cyber Security Frameworks – securing control systems, networks and user access in accordance with IEC 62351 to effectively safeguard multi-vendor IEC 61850 systems
  • Advanced Cyber Security – future-proofing IEC 61850 implementations through incorporation of next-generation cybersecurity technologies and practises
  • Intrusion Detection Systems – deploying intrusion detection systems (IDS) to track industrial assets, OT threats and to monitor IEC 61850 networks and processes with real-time insight
  • Tool Interoperability Panel Discussion: Meeting the need for multi-edition and multi-vendor interoperability for configuration and testing tools
  • Integrating 61850 & SCADA – leveraging IEC 61850-90-2 to support advanced information exchange between substations and the control centre
  • Real-Time Data Acquisition – leveraging the IEC 61850 process bus to support asset management with improved visibility of asset performance
  • Troubleshooting Tutorial – a practical demonstration of effective methods for troubleshooting interoperability issues in live systems

Sponsorship & Exhibition opportunities

Would you like the opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of utility IEC 61850 implementation leaders and decision makers? Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more! Capped at 30 stands we ensure a focused and relevant display of the latest tools, technologies and services for our audience and maximum visibility for each exhibitor.

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:       +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:    registration@smartgrid-forums.com  

Visit:      IEC 61850 Global 2019

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in October 2019!