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Driving the rapid replacement of cybersecure IEC 61850 systems within the substation, inter-substations, to the control room, and across DER infrastructure

Monday 18th to Friday 22nd October 2021
Virtual Event: Swapcard Platform
Event Time Zone: Central European Time (CET)
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Welcome to IEC 61850 Week 2021

Covid-19 has compounded the need for grid digitisation, process automation, and remote management. But it has also exposed the vulnerabilities of today’s digital grid technologies and justified the need for a more rapid technology replacement rather than maintenance strategy, to ensure that critical national infrastructure is able to keep pace with societal demands as we transition deeper into the digital age.

This 5-day programme will draw together utility IEC 61850 and substation digitisation project directors, with leading system integrators and pioneering technology suppliers, for a technically in-depth review of the latest IEC 61850 implementations within the substation and across the wider smart grid, worldwide.

This year’s programme will assist utilities in managing their IEC 61850 deployment programmes with ‘replacement’ placed firmly at the heart of their strategies. The pre-conference workshop provides practical guidance on specification, whilst the main 3-day conference, exhibition and networking forum showcases large-scale multi-vendor deployments of IEC 61850 within legacy and new substations, inter-substation, to the control centre, and across DER infrastructure. The week wraps up with a post-conference seminar that deep-dives into the cybersecurity challenges that must be resolved in order to drive a much faster pace of deployment of next generation IEC 61850 systems.

“Great conference where you can learn from distinguished experts in IEC 61850 and how power utilities are leveraging and implementing the standard in pilot projects and future substations.”
Jun Verzosa, Sr. Principal Consultant - Doble Engineering
@IEC 61850 USA 2021
“The IEC 61850 conference never fails to provide wise guidance, new ideas and a wealth of practical knowledge that be transferred into optimal design, engineering and maintenance in the day job.”
David MacDonald, System Monitoring Lead Engineer - Iberdrola
@IEC 61850 Global 2020
“IEC 61850 Global is an excellent platform for sharing knowledge and experience. The input from end-users and OEMs is very valuable to keep updated and engaged in the wonderful world of IEC 61850.”
Bas Mulder, Technologist OT - TenneT
@IEC 61850 Global 2020

Discussion themes include

Event highlights include

  • SPECIFICATION – working effectively with suppliers to develop robust technical specifications and drive industrial scale deployment
  • ARCHITECTURE – optimising the features and functionalities of station bus and process bus architectures
  • ENGINEERING – managing the engineering process to ensure timely and cost-effective design, configuration, and testing of industrial level deployments
  • REPLACEMENT – keeping up with the pace of technology change and driving a replacement strategy that strikes the balance between grid resilience and cost-efficiency
  • CYBERSECURITY – leveraging the latest standards, solutions, and processes to ensure the cyber-resilience of IEC 61850 architectures and guard the grid against a rapidly growing threat landscape
  • CASE-STUDY PROGRAMME – hear the lessons learnt from 20+ TSO and DSO industrial implementations of IEC 61850
  • TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION DISCUSSIONS – understand the product development strategies of established system suppliers and disruptive new entrants
  • ROUNDTABLE DEBATES – participate in intimate discussions, where you bring your deployment challenges to the table and benefit from the insights of the whole ecosystem
  • SOLUTION ZONE – the opportunity to technology scout through a focused display of 20+ IEC 61850 product and service providers
  • FACILITATED NETWORKING – join the organised online hang-outs during refreshment and lunch breaks for direct interaction with speakers in a small group setting
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