PAC World conference - ABB is bridging the gap - enabling the digital substation

2016-06-24 - Protection, Automation and Control World (PAC World) conference and exhibition – ABB participates at the seventh PAC World conference and exhibition in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Across the four-day event, ABB introduced solutions for more efficient and reliable digital substations to 150 delegates from utilities, manufacturers, consultants and members of the PAC World community. With attendees from 30 different countries, the leading European conference for protection and control products and solutions focused paper presentations and exhibits upon the latest challenges and technology solutions for power grids.

ABB’s digital substation portfolio exhibited at PAC World 2016 encompassed state-of-the-art communication solutions, bay-level products based on the Relion® family and process level equipment.

“Building upon IEC 61850, the international standard for communication networks and systems for power utility automation, ABB is delivering world leading digital substations that offer the greatest potential of this technology,” said Sebastijan Srpčič, Area Sales Manager, Grid Automation Products. “Several utilities in attendance cited protection of power grids and power systems as their top challenges and ABB is leading the way with our digital substation technology to ensure these challenges are better supported.”

At the conference, ABB presented five papers covering:

  • Flexible product naming
  • Cyber security measures in protection and control IEDs
  • Comprehensive transformer monitoring with application in hydro power plants
  • Case studies and experiences with sub-synchronous resonance (SSR) detection technique
  • A new high speed distance protection scheme for power transmission lines

One particularly interesting subject amongst visitors was ABB’s flexible product naming concept that enables interchangeability of different vendor Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs), yet maintains a consistent interface to the utility IEC 61850 model. This helps to bring efficiency to the substation automation engineering process across the entire lifecycle of an IED.

ABB’s approach to Centralized account management (CAM) was another key topic of discussion. A necessary part of any modern substation automation system, centralized account management enhances cyber security and role based account management enables appropriate access rights per user and per role.

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