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  1. 1. 1 The IEC 61850 Standard an intelligent application in Substation & Automation system Mohan Vinayak Sawarkar 1. Mohini Mohan Sawarkar 2. 1. Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Technology, Navi Mumbai. Lecturer- Electrical 2. Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Navi Mumbai. Asst. Professor- Electrical industrial economies grow and become more efficient they also become more reliable on electricity as their mainsource of energy. Hence, a blackout in electrical system causes massive damage to social and economic aspects of asociety. To prevent interruptions and to provide energy to electricity consumers reliably automation needs to takeplace at each stage of the electrical system: generation, transmission, and distribution. As each stage is automated,there has to be reliable, fast, and efficient communication amongst devices and the SCADA control center.Communication lines need to carry information and data between substations and control centers at different parts ofthe network so that monitoring and automation of the system can occur. Without adequate communication amongstdevices SCADA system will render itself useless and will not be able to provide the reliability and efficiency neededin today‟s electricity markets. It is also important to note that automation in electrical systems allows for the systemcontrol and operator to define specific performance and protection parameters, which will lead to consistency acrossthe electrical grid. Legacy substation automation protocols and architectures typically provided basic functionalityfor power system automation and were designed to accommodate the technical limitations of the networkingtechnology available for implementation. IEC61850 is an important new international standard for substationautomation that will have a very significant impact on how electric power systems are designed and built for manyyears to come.COMMUNICATION SYSTEM NEEDS. Consequently, a key component of a communication system is the ability to describe themselves from both a dataand services (communication functions that an IED performs) perspective. Other “key” requirements include:· High-speed IED to IED communication· Networkable throughout the utility enterprise· High-availability· Guaranteed delivery times· Standards based· Multi-vendor interoperability· Support for Voltage and Current samples data· Support for File Transfer· Auto-configurable / configuration support· Support for securityCOMMUNICATION NETWORKA network is an interconnected system of electronic devices which share information with each other. A networkprovides the media in which the information is transferred from one location to another. It is also the vein orbloodline of any SCADA system, so its speed, reliability, and efficiency are absolutely crucial. There are manytypes of networks, but only two types apply to substation environments and power systems: Serial-based andEthernet-based. Ethernet-based systems in power systems are also referred to as Integrated Substation ControlSystems (iSCS). There are many standards for each type of networks; however, in substation automation RS-232
  2. 2. 2(point-to-point links) and RS-485 (multi-drop links) in serial networks and IEEE 802.3 in Ethernet systems are themost common.PROTOCOLA protocol is a set of formal rules describing how to transmit data across a network. The rules could be low-level,which define the electrical and physical standards to be observed, bit- and byte-ordering and the transmission anderror detection and correction of the bit stream. In this section the high-level protocols will be discussed whichdescribe the data formatting, including the syntax of messages, character sets, and sequencing of messages. In short,a protocol is a predefined digital language. The need for a protocol is quite apparent. In any power system there aremany devices from different countries and made by different manufacturers which perform different tasks inSCADA. In order to create a communication network a common „language‟ or protocol is needed.GENERAL PROPERTIES OF PROTOCOLa) Network compatibility – some protocols have only been defined to operate in serial networks such asConitel. On the other hand, some protocols have been defined to work both on Ethernet and Serial systems such asDNP 3.0b) Speed – the speed at which a protocol transfers information amongst multiple devices is a very importantmeasure of its performance.c) Reliability – the transfer of information has to be reliable. Some protocols may have checks in place to ensureproper communication of messages. The level of reliability is another important measure of a protocol‟sperformance.d) Expandability – protocols need to be able to handle small, medium, and large systems in SCADA. Forexample, DNP 3.0 is able to handle very large system with over 65,000 data objects, whereas, Conitel orCooper protocols will not handle such large amounts of information well.e) Security – in today‟s information age the security of information has to be ensured or else information may behacked or hampered during its transfer through the network. The protocol‟s level of security and encryption of dataare important issues in power systems.f) Acceptability – a protocol needs to be accepted in the power industry and by the equipment manufacturers.Protocols that are unique to specific manufacturers and are proprietary cannot be the common „language‟ in aSCADA system. When choosing a protocol one needs to determinewhether all the components of the power system are able to communicate in that specific protocol or not.g) Simplicity – It is important for a protocol to be simple so that its users can configure and maintain SCADAsystems easily and without the need for special expertise. The number of features and functionalities should belimited to provide an economic solution for manufacturers and consumers.h) Consistency – a protocol has to be controlled and standardized by one committee in the world to provideconsistency.i) Functionality – a protocol should have all the features and functions used in SCADA such as timesynchronization and file transfer.j) Economics – a protocol should be economic as its costs will determine its future in power systems.IEC 61850 MODELLING APPROACHLegacy protocols have typically defined how bytes are transmitted on the wire. However, they did not specify howdata should be organized in devices in terms of the application. This approach requires power system engineers tomanually configure objects and map them to power system variables and low-level register numbers, index numbers,I/O modules, etc. IEC 61850 is unique. In addition to the specification of the protocol elements (how bytes aretransmitted on the wire), IEC 61850 provides a comprehensive model for how power system devices shouldorganize data in a manner that is consistent across all types and brands of devices. This eliminates much of thetedious non-power system configuration effort because the devices can configure themselves..
  3. 3. 3 The IEC 61850 device model begins with a physical device. A physical device is the device that connects to the network. The physical device is typically defined by its network address. Within each physical device, there may be one or more logical devices. Each logical device contains one or more logical nodes. A Logical node is a named grouping of data and associated services that is logically related to some power stem function. There are logical nodes for automatic control names of which all begin with the letter “A”. There are Logical nodes for metering and measurement the names of which all begin with the letter “M”. Likewise there are logical nodes for Supervisory Control (C), Generic Functions (G), Interfacing/Archiving (I), System logical nodes (L), Protection (P), Protection Related (R), Sensors (S), Instrument Transformers (T), Switchgear (X), Power Transformers (Y), and Other Equipment (Z).. The standard Name of the Logical node for a Measurement Unit for 3-phase power is MMXU. Each element of data within the logical node conforms to the specification of a common data class (CDC) per IEC 61850-7-3. Each CDC describes the type and structure of the data within the logical node. Each CDC has a defined name and a set of CDC attributes each with a defined name, defined type, and specific purpose. Each individual attribute of a CDC belongs to a set of functional constraints (FC) that groups the attributes into categories Fig.1 The object model of IEC 61850PROCESS BUS:When we are talking about a process bus in the context of IEC 61850, we are going one step further with theintroduction of communication technology in a substation automation system. In a traditional approach, a substationautomation system consists of multiple intelligent electronic devices (IED) like protection relays and bay controldevices. These devices are connected to each other and to the substation gateway and local HMI through acommunication network. Since that communication network connects all the devices of a substation, it is typicallycalled station bus. An example is shown in Figure Fig.2 Example of a substation automation system with a station bus
  4. 4. 4 Fig.3 Example with process busWith current and voltage transformers, the situation is similar. A typical interface here is what is called “MergingUnit” as shown in Figure. A merging unit provides a set of samples of the analogue signal to the communicationnetwork. Typically a merging unit will provide synchronized samples from the three phase currents and the threephase voltages. If conventional CTs and VTs are used, the merging unit will do the analogue to digital conversion ofthe conventional output of the CTs and VTs. If non conventional sensors like optical sensors are used, the mergingunit will be integrated in the electronics required to process the opticalsignal. Fig. 4 Concept of a merging unitFeatures are offered by the standard:- The possibility to put a function or a functional element in test mode. IEC61850 provides the possibility to put logical nodes or logical devices in a testmode.- The possibility to characterize a GOOSE message as a message being sent fortest purpose.- The possibility to characterize a service of the control model as being sent fortest purpose.- The possibility to flag any value sent from a server in the quality as a value fortest purpose.- The possibility to substitute a value.
  5. 5. 5Conclusion A substation automation system including an IEC 61850 based Process bus offers several benefits to the user. As an overall consequence of the benefits, life cycle costs of a substation will be reduced The features of IEC 61850 show its power for introducing new intelligent applications being more complex and efficient for the power system management, system stability and asset management. IEC 61850 is a high-level communication standard with a lot of additional features regarding functions and engineering. It comprises the know-how of many engineers worldwide in the areas of communication, substations and substation automation including protection.References 1) Technical discussions with testing teams of MSETCL‟s 400 KV Kharghar substation. 2) 3) 4)