Conference Day One | Wednesday 17th October 2018


Registration & refreshments


Opening remarks from the Chair
Christoph Brunner, President of it4power & Convenor of IEC TC 57 WG10


IEC 61850 Standards Update: Outlining updates to Edition 2.1 of IEC 61850-6 to address interoperability challenges and ensure engineering efficiency in a multi-vendor multi-edition system

  • Ensuring that IEC 61850 can support mixed edition and multi-vendor environments for both communication and engineering with the development of Edition 2.1
  • Meeting the need for engineering tools to exchange files conformed to different versions of the standard
  • Assessing vendor independent tools to support engineering testing and maintenance and ensure an ability to work with multiple standards
  • Building into the standard future compatibility with later editions of IEC 61850
  • Identifying potential challenges in upgrading edition 2 devices to 2.1 to meet future conformance standards
  • Detailing the latest work progressing towards Edition 3

Christoph Brunner, President of it4power & Convenor of IEC TC 57 WG10


Market Overview: Examining the current state of substation modernisation and IEC 61850 implementation and forecasting IEC 61850 product development and market growth in the next 5 years

  • Examining the status of substation automation and integration programmes in electric utilities around the world
  • Detailing the global implementations of IEC 61850 within substations for communication and control, for both TSOs and DSOs
  • Understanding how international utilities are procuring substation automation systems and equipment and the integration support they require
  • What are the leading challenges that are slowing down and inhibiting IEC 61850 implementations?
  • Forecasting spend in the next 5 years for new and retrofit substation automation
  • Detailing the trends in the IEC 61850 market:
  • Number of IEC 61850 protection relays sold
  • Number of 61850 data gateways/RTUs applied
  • Forecasting the market of SCADA end-users who potentially need IEC 61850

Charles Newton, President – Newton-Evans Research Company


Tendering and Specification Process: Developing a new tendering and specification process to address the challenges of ensuring interoperability for multi-edition systems in the immediate and long term

  • Identifying the challenges of accurately defining end user requirements in a way that drives suppliers to provide the right system at the right cost
  • Addressing the specific challenges of specifying SCL files in the tender process to ensure interoperability
  • Outlining the need for tools that streamline and automate the specification process and verifying results from different vendors
  • Building testing pass rates into the contract:  cyber security, IOP testing, conformance testing and a final test and SAT (Site Acceptance Test)

Ronald Poosen, Team Leader, Distribution Protection and Substation Automation – Fluvius


Advanced Cyber-Security– Establishing a robust cyber-security framework to combat the vulnerabilities inherent in complex IEC 61850 systems

  • Showcase of cyber security key points in system vulnerabilities in complex IEC 61850 system
  • Presenting threat detection, intrusion protection and secure remote access solution to IEC 61850 devices and how new solutions are being developed to combat the threats
  • Understanding how the threat landscape is developing and the implications for next generation IEC 61850 systems
  • Before engaging into cyber security protection project, conducing a European NIS Directive and national (German BSI, UK NCSC, etc.) implementations – gap and security assessment process

Gilad Bandel, VP Products – Radiflow


Morning refreshments, networking and exhibition


System Interoperability Panel Discussion: Outlining the challenges vendors face in achieving interoperability and the steps they are taking to address these

  • Detailing plans for product upgrades to support the latest standards
  • Assessing the case for enabling flexibility in prefixes for logical nodes and dynamic data sets to give utilities the opportunity to effectively manage IEDs and limit the need for continual re-testing
  • Outlining the challenges in achieving interoperability between the IED and SCADA
  • Addressing the interoperability challenges between mixed merging units from different vendors within substations

Gerardo Rebollar, Executive Business Development – GE Energy Connections
Leandro Henrique Monaco, Global Product Manager Electrical Control Systems – ABB Industrial Automation – Control Technologies 
Andrew West, Regional Technical Director – SUBNET Solutions Inc
Joel Greene, Senior Software Engineer – Triangle MicroWorks


Lunch, networking and exhibition


The Digital Substation: Successfully implementing IEC 61850 for the next generation digital substation

  • Evaluating the advantages of a fully digital substation in terms of cost, benefits, and safety
  • Implementing IEC 61850 in a digital substation using station bus and process bus
  • Examining how the control and protection functions can be combined for more bays in a common PCU
  • Assessing the pros and cons of implementing an all-digital process bus with NCIT, MU and SAMU
  • Outlining the design of the future digital substation

Rannveig Loken, Senior Specialist Control and Protection – Statnett


Protection and Automation Applications: Examining the standardisation progress being made in functional interoperability and how this is translating to field deployment

  • Evaluating the scope for improving the dependability and security of IEC 61850 based protection systems
  • Understanding how different IEC committees including TC 38 (Instrument Transformers), TC 95 (Measure Relays and Protection Equipment), and TC 17 (High Voltage Switchgear and
    Control gear) are working together to drive interoperability beyond the scope of TC 57
  • Highlighting the work of TC 95 Ad Hoc Group 3: AHG 3 Use case of digital sampled values instead of analogue input, in speeding up interoperability
  • Setting timelines for the completion of this work and quantifying the results that can be expected in field deployments
  • Andrea Bonetti, Senior Specialist for Protection and IEC 61850 applications – Megger
    Member of TC 95/MT 4 and member of TC 95 / AHG 3
  • Volker Leitloff, Senior Engineer for Substation Protection Automation – RTE
    Chair of TC 38, member of TC 95/MT 4 and convener of the TC 95 / AHG 3

In-house Testing: Developing in-house testing tools to improve IEC 61850 implementation, operation and maintenance in substation fields

  • Outlining the benefits of developing in-house versus using third party testing tools
  • Detailing projects covered in the system verification and simulation process:
  • Virtual Server based IEC 61850 Edition 2.0
  • SCL Checker based IEC 61850 UML Information Model & Rule
  • IED Conformance Verifier based graphic test case modelling & IEC 61850 Edition 2.0
  • Ensuring full compliance with IEC 61850 testing procedures

Byung Tae Jang, Principal Researcher – KEPCO


Integrated Monitoring – Establishing real-time monitoring of IEC 61850 systems to support advanced forecasting and asset management

    • Benefits of adopting integrated monitoring in digital substations (architecture, sensors, protocols, configuration, HMI integration)
    • Determining how real-time applications can be supported
    • Leveraging DLR weather-based solutions for inter-substation networks
    • Evaluating the potential of wide area automation solutions to strengthen the operational capacities

Thierry Buhagiar, R&D Project Manager – RTE


Afternoon refreshments, networking and exhibition


Advanced Testing  Managing testing complexity in multi-vendor multi-edition IEC 61850 systems

  • Identifying the key causes of testing complexity in advanced IEC 61850 systems
  • Establishing design parameters that support testing accuracy once the system is operational
  • Leveraging testing tools and procedures that accurately predict the behaviour of new functionalities in complex systems
  • Ensuring that communication failures between IEDs are easily identified, isolated and rectified to avoid wider system impact
  • Maintaining high system performance visibility at all times

Fred Steinhauser, IEC 61850 and Digital Substation Expert – OMICRON


EDSO for Smart Grid: Addressing DSO’s specific requirements for IEC 61850 and outlining the latest trials and implementations

  • Outlining the work of EDSO for smart grid in relation to IEC 61850 and the implications for DSOs and suppliers in achieving the longterm goal of the flexible smart grid
  • Examining DSO drivers for IEC 61850 implementation, how they differ from TSO’s and the implications of this for utilities and suppliers
  • Detailing the limitations which are currently holding back IEC 81850 deployment in DSOs and the steps being taken to overcome them
  • Factoring the DSO requirement to extend IEC 61850 beyond the substation across the distribution network into the implementation strategy
  • Evaluating the latest DSO IEC 61850 trials and implementations across the smart grid

Thomas Schäfer, Board Member – EDSO


Future Proofing IEC 61850: Determining how IEC 61850 will evolve to meet users’ needs to be more cost effective and highly functional

  • Modifying tools and practices to use existing standards and future proof design and specifications for next generation substation automation system
  • Addressing the challenges of multi-edition multi-vendor interoperability
  • Improvements needed in process, parameter identification, documentation capabilities and configuration & testing tools
  • Optimizing vendor community and standard development (IEC WG10) to ensure IEC 61850 is future proofed for the long term
  • Evaluating new developments in computer networking and cyber security beyond the current scope of IEC 61850 and examining their potential role in future proofed implementation

Deepak Maragal, Manager, System Integration & Test – New York Power Authority


Grid Edge Trials: Planning and conducting IEC 61850 trials as part of a long-term strategy for the roll out for smart grid model management and communications across the grid

  • Outlining the long-term goal of having IEC 61850 as standard across all IT systems and measuring devices across the distribution network, including DER
  • Planning an effective trial of IEC devices including: solar sensors, battery storage, EV chargers
  • Evaluating the relative benefits of working with an independent systems integrator to plan the trial and invite device vendors
  • Making the case for the deployment of a live test bed to optimise the configuration of the implementation
  • Addressing the challenge of getting internal buy in to IEC 61850 for the smart grid and cost justifying the long-term requirement for the replacement of all devices

Paul Hayes, Smart Networks Manager – ESB Networks


Roundtable Discussions – during this session the audience breaks out into several small working groups, each focused on specific themes that arose during the day’s presentations. Each working group will comprise of representatives of the entire IEC 61850 community to ensure a well-rounded and holistic discussion. Key issues raised, and solutions proposed will be collated for presentation to the wider group at the end of the session


Networking Reception – time to relax and unwind after an intensive day of presentations and discussions! All participants are invited to join this networking reception where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the company of colleagues from across the European smart grid technical community.


Close of conference day one

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