The U of R Power Systems lab, equipped with a variety of IEC 61850 compliant IED’s and injection test equipment has produced a number of successful project outcomes including; GOOSE security management over wide area networks, travelling wave based protective (in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan), islanding control and protection scenarios, NERC compliant DG protection, and generator control application, since its commissioning in 2014. The lab supports a number of undergraduate and graduate student learning objectives in addition to capstone and graduate thesis projects. Examples of these projects included:
- Generating GOOSE traffic via SEL 751A/SEL 2411 IED’s, managed via two Linux interface machines, managed via a 3rd, simulating inter-station tie via SEL ICON terminals.
- Development of a travelling wave algorithm, with COMTRADE data input, to validate (through MatLAB, and in the future hardware testing) the algorithm security and dependability
- Multiple SEL 751A, controlled via SEL 2411 allowing priority load shedding under planned and unplanned islanding scenarios using sample values via IEC 61850 communications.
The next phase lab development incorporates Real Time Digital Simulation, offering exciting opportunities to further support the existing coursework, and creates an opportunity to prepare graduates to understand and engineer the new frontiers of IEC 61850 based process bus technology by understanding its performance and application.
Doug Wagner, University of Regina