The Digital Substation Advantage Plus

2017-08-18 - T&D World article by David Shadle - August 17, 2017
Advanced digital substations have become mainstream with the implementation of IEC 61850, the international standard for communication networks and systems for power utility automation. While we are not yet there, a bit of research reveals many arguments why digital substations should be the brains behind every modern highly functioning automated electric system.  Following the digital substation path enables the efficient design, procurement, construction, commissioning and operation of safer, more productive and more reliable substations. It also helps utilities realize the maximum benefits from other parts of a digitalized electric system. That is the “plus” in the title.

ABB is one of only a few companies delivering digital substations and other hardware and software for achieving the greatest potential of digital technology applied to electric systems.  For example, beyond the individual substation there may be a need for fleet condition monitoring of transformers and other key substation equipment. ABB has the Asset Health Center solution for that issue, which incorporates ABB operational technology (OT) subject matter expertise and ABB information technology (IT) software knowledge.

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