Internet of Things

Internet of Things for control and protection of power systems, a new technology

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Within the energy trilemma, digitalization (automation/ communication) will play a crucial role. With the implementation of large scale renewable energy sources, conventional control and protection systems will be insufficient. Lots of data will be needed to ensure reliable, sustainable and affordable energy flows. Power generation will be more fluctuating than before. Transmission and distribution of energy will be dual way instead of only downstream and power consumers become prosumers. How to control and protect this complicated system?
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One new technology used is ‘’Internet of Things’’ in substation environments. Up to today different communication systems and communication media are used for different services like protection, control, surveillance, office network, etc. With new communication technologies like package based IP/MPLS all of these services become integrated using the same hardware. Protection and control rely on real time information. What does this mean in terms of reliability and availability? Is the equipment used hardened for the medium- and high-voltage environment under normal and faulty conditions? Another important issue is data integrity and data security. Is cyber security assured? The way to prove this is by testing components and systems. KEMA Laboratories of DNV GL can assist with testing and certification based on international recognized standards like IEC 61850-3 and IEEE 1613. These standards enclose requirements for comprehensive testing of functional performance, electromagnetic compatibility, climatic and mechanical environmental conditions and electrical safety compliance.
Is our KEMA Type Test Certificate your global passport to the future of internet of things based power systems?

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