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Leveraging virtualisation and centralisation to drive the large-scale deployment of IEC 61850 across the smart grid

5-Day In-Person Conference, Exhibition & Networking Forum 
Monday 17th to Friday 21st October 2022 | Cardiff, UK 

   Email: registration@smartgrid-forums.com

   Call: +44 (0) 20 8057 1700

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Welcome to IEC 61850 Week 2022

We are delighted to bring you this year’s edition of IEC 61850 Week 2022 in the safe, secure and collaborative in-person environment of the Parkgate Hotel, in Cardiff UK. Whilst the pandemic has exacerbated the need for digital transformation, remote access and cybersecurity, meeting virtually has slowed down the pace of standardisation development, community information sharing, and long-term partnership building. Now is the time for the IEC 61850 community to return to in-person, where discussions can go deeper, interactions can be more extensive, and relationship building can be more intensive.
The programme research for this year’s event revealed that the IEC 61850 community is ready to embrace the next phase of IEC 61850 deployments, in terms of laying the organisational foundations, embracing next generation virtualised and centralised architectures, adopting automated engineering and testing procedures, and applying innovative solutions such as digital twin to support cybersecure remote testing and maintenance. All of this and more will be addressed in the course of this year’s week-long programme.
With 20+ utility case-studies, 3 technology innovation panels, a series of intimate roundtable discussions, a solution zone displaying state-of-the-art IEC 61850-enabled products and services, as well as a networking evening reception open to all participants - this year’s event promises the perfect balance of intelligence gathering, technology scouting, and partnership forming, in a highly productive, focused and enjoyable setting.

Programme Structure:

Monday 17th October – System Specification Workshop

The week begins with a hands-on practical workshop providing utilities and suppliers with a thorough understanding of the IEC 61850 specification process, to help improve your collaboration, streamline the end-to-end specification process, reduce duplication of effort, and ensure absolute clarity of utility objectives whilst leveraging supplier expertise.


Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th October – Implementation Case-Study Conference & Exhibition

Going beyond pilot projects, this year’s 3-day implementation conference provides an intensive programme of utility case-studies from around the world. Focused on the implementation of advanced IEC 61850 architectures based on virtualisation and centralisation, we explore how you can leverage more features and functionalities, optimise the design, specification, installation, engineering, testing, operation and maintenance processes, and migrate your cybersecurity to business as usual. Technology and operational issues will be discussed in the context of organisational goals, workforce development strategies, and the drive to reduce TOTEX in the years ahead.


Friday 21st October – Digital Twin Briefing

The week wraps up with a deep dive into the potential of Digital Twin as an extension of IEC 61850 simulation testing. This briefing provides a thorough explanation of the Digital Twin concept, explores results from the application of the technology in the power grid environment, and provides an opportunity to gain hands on experience with Digital Twin tools.

Discussion Themes include:

  • SPECIFICATION - Working effectively with suppliers to develop robust technical specifications and drive industrial scale employment
  • VIRTUALISATION - Ensuring accuracy and reliability of IEC 61850 processes in the migration toward virtualised digital substations
  • AUTOMATIC TESTING - Ensuring the accuracy and reliability of automatic testing procedures to maximise time and cost efficiency
  • DER INTEGRATION - Leveraging IEC 61850 to integrate a complex system of DER players into the grid
  • WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT - Optimising the training and development of the workforce to ensure full organisational adoption of IEC 61850
  • DIGITAL TWIN - Defining the attributes of Digital Twins and assessing how best to leverage the technology in digital substations

Event Format includes:

  • CASE-STUDY PROGRAMME – Hear the experiences of 20+ utilities from across the globe who are implementing IEC 61850 in TSO and DSO organisations
  • TECHNOLOGY PANELS – Update on the latest IEC 61850 solutions from system suppliers, tool manufacturers, and communication equipment providers
  • ROUNDTABLE DEBATES - Participate in intimate discussions, discuss your IEC 61850 challenges and benefit from the insights of the whole community
  • SOLUTION ZONE - Technology scout through a focused display of 20+ IEC 61850 enabled product and service providers
  • FACILITATED NETWORKING - Join the networking evening reception where you will meet IEC 61850 leads from across the global utility sector in a relaxed and informal setting

Testimonials from past editions:

“Extremely valuable to bring together relevant utilities and technology providers regarding IEC 61850 and to learn the current status quo with regards to topdown engineering and related activities.”

Bas Mulder
Bas Mulder
Technologist OT

“Lots of interesting topics providing overview of current state of play and implementation on IEC 61850”

Mohseen Mohemmed
Mohseen Mohemmed
P&C Engineering Manager

“As usual high quality presentations and relevant topics.”

Anders Johnsson
Anders Johnsson
Power System Specialist
Vattenfall Eldistribution AB

“Getting an insight of the IEC 61850 use cases and implementations in a couple of days? Would like to discuss? Go to the IEC 61850 conference.”

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Rene Troost
Grid Strategist

“In my opinion this is the best industrial conference about smart grid and IEC 61850.”

Andrea Bonetti
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Senior Specialist
Megger Sweden AB

“Powerful smart forum to get fresh news from the market and exchange on IEC 61850 and related topics.”

Christophe Camelis
Project Leader and IEC 61850 Expert
Hitachi Energy

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