Digitalisation plays a crucial role in the EU energy transition. Digital substations form the data nodes of a smart grid. It is therefore crucial to ensure their reliable operation. The Protection, Automation, and Control System (PACS) is a core component in safeguarding the substations’ reliability. As digital substations heavily rely on communication buses to carry out their essential functions, it becomes imperative to conduct thorough testing to identify and mitigate potential failures. Exploiting vulnerabilities across a broader system necessitates the use of in-the-loop simulation. Such simulations
provide a flexible means to accurately depict the real-life conditions within and around the substation. Within a loop, substation cubicles equipped with intelligent monitoring and control systems interact, while mitigation scenarios encompass human-in-the-loop elements. This presentation will look into the challenges of digital substations and focus on emulation testing performed by KU Leuven (EnergyVille), garnering laboratory requirements for conduction industrial research for digital substations.
Rick Loenders | KU Leuven and EnergyVille