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Substation Protection Applications with IEC 61850 Standard

By K. Petersen, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, P. Raval, Samearth Consulting Engineers, I. Higginson, POWER Engineers, A. Findley, POWER Engineers, J. Eby, POWER Engineers, J. Groat, POWER Engineers


This paper describes the design and implementation of a multi-vendor distribution substation protection testbed utilizing primarily IEC 61850 Generic Object-OrientedSubstation Event (GOOSE), Manufacturing Message Specification (MMS), and Sampled Value (SV) communications. Project goals included exploring the interoperability of IEC 61850-capable devices from different manufacturers and performing distribution substation protection and controls using GOOSE messages and SV streams. Following a brief introduction to the IEC 61850 standard, the substation testbed design and network architecture are outlined. Troubleshooting and system testing procedures are then described. The paper concludes with a discussion of lessons learned, conclusions, and recommendations for future work.

This paper was presented at the 2019 Power & Energy Automation Conference and Energy Summit.

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