IEC61850 is the prominent communication standard for protection in smart grids. A full implementation of IEC 61850 in a substation protection and automation system indicates the use of both Substation Bus (IEC 61850-8-1) and Process Bus (IEC 61850-9-2). IEC 61850 is designed to accommodate a wide set of devices and functionalities, from different vendors. However, in practice IEC 61850 faces interoperability issues into the overall system design. Moreover, the assumption that digital substations are more reliable and perform at par or better in terms of performance is not generally accepted by end-users. The presentation will examine the testing of IED’s and IEC61850 in a HIL-setup. A demo set-up is displayed of a multi-vendor protection system utilizing GOOSE and SV in a HIL-test for testing the performance of IEC61850. The performance data is polled by an integrated automation process of RSCAD, that will automatically generate a report of the system.
Rick Loenders • EnergyVille