Friday, May 27, 2016

GridEx Tool Launched to Support Smart Grid IEC 61850 Networks

How many times have you struggled with the stream of IEC 61850 GOOSE and Sampled Value messages and SCL configuration files? Is there any help to get your hands on these streams?

Yes, there is help: GridEx®

GridEx® sets you in control of your IEC 61850 networks. Designed to support you when performing commissioning, troubleshooting and maintenance.

GridEx® is a digital multimeter and analyzer for Smart Grid applications; it bridges the gap between the traditional power technology and the digital communication. Network digital data is translated into upfront and intuitive information to support decisions for increased reliability and improved system utilization.

Entirely embedded stand-alone solution for secure connection to your IEC 61850 network, easy to use, versatile connections, instant start-up, error and inconsistencies detection, warning explanation, proactive analysis.

The evolutionary tool in IEC 61850 testing. Click HERE for more details. 
For any question please contact our technical manager Mr Andrea Bonetti at

In short terms:
  • GridEx®is a Smart Grid Multimeter
  • GridEx®is Bridging the gap between IEC 61850 digital communication and Power system applications: Complex data shown in understandable information
  • GridEx®is not a relay test set
  • GridEx®has Secure connection in the station
  • GridEx®shows live measurements with it’s versatile connections (ETH/FO)
An animated video is worth more than 1000 words:

Monday, April 25, 2016

IEC is about to prepare the "Use of IEC 61850 for electrical energy storage systems"

IEC TC 57 has just sent a 75+ pages draft document for comments by the national committees:

Draft IEC TR 61850-90-9 – Communication networks and systems for power utility automation – Part 90-9: Use of IEC 61850 for electrical energy storage systems

See: 57/1715/DC

The document is a very comprehensive document that provides a list of use-cases and solutions on how to use and extend the IEC 61850 models for electrical energy storage systems.


It is recommended for the various stakeholders to get more deeply involved into the further steps to get a standard information model for electrical storage systems!!

Sample use-case:

This document fits well into the set of drafts that are needed for power distribution systems.

More to come!

Friday, April 15, 2016

HMS exhibits IEC 60870-5-104 and IEC 61850 Anybus SG Gateways at Hannover Fair and SPS IPC Drives

Anybus SG-gateways - solving Smart Grid communication challenges!
The Anybus® SG-gateway™ family is designed to specifically target Demand Response (networking of industrial electric loads) and Virtual Power Plants (networking of energy resources like biogas plants or combined heat and power units) applications.

The gateways will be shown in action at the following two events in 2016:

Hannover Messe
Hannover, Deutschland
25. - 29. April 2016
Halle 8, Stand D11

SPS IPC Drives
Nürnberg, Deutschland
22. - 24. November 2016
Halle 2, Stand 2-438

Protocols supported so far:
IEC61850 client/server, IEC60870-5-104 client/server, Modbus RTU master/ slave, Modbus TCP client/server, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET and PROFIBUS.

Click HERE for more information about the Anybus SG Gateways.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Complete Content of the IEC 61850 News Blog is now Available as Single PDF Document

For those readers of this IEC 61850, IEC 60870-5/6, DNP3, … news blog that want to get the complete content as a single pdf document, it is just a click away … it contains 1120+ posts from 2008 until 2016-04-09. Once you have downloaded the file you can easily browse the content … search … mark … copy … You will find useful information about the standards, vendors like ABB, HMS, Siemens, or utilities …

Click HERE to download all posts of the IEC 61850 blog in a single pdf [14 MB, 823 pages DIN A4]


In case you have a question, drop us an EMAIL.

Check the Latest in IEC 61850 Testing Tools during the IEC IEEE PES T&D in Dallas (TX)

Mingle at the GridEx® Smart Grid Product Release- IEEE T&D 2016

FMTP (Sweden) welcomes YOU to meet with their experts in the casual atmosphere of the Rustic (just a few miles away from IEEE PES T&D in Huston (TX)) for food, drinks and the reveal of FMTP Power latest product GridEx® on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.

GridEx®, a digital multimeter for Smart Grids, bridges the gap between traditional power technology and new digital communication (models, GOOSE, Sampled Values, SCL, ...). Complex data is translated into easily understandable information to support decisions for increased reliability and improved system utilization.

Click HERE to register for the product presentation of GridEx®.

Friday, April 8, 2016

New Draft IEC TR 61850-7-500 Just Published - Typical Use Cases

IEC TC 57 has just published a very interesting document (75+ page Draft Report) - 57/1701/DC:
IEC TR 61850-7-500 – Use of logical nodes for modelling applications and related concepts and guidelines for substations

The draft provides examples and hints on how to use IEC 61850 for substation automation, protection and SCADA. Sample excerpt of content:

This document is crucial to understand use cases of the standard for substation applications.
Note that the examples given are showing just some possible applications. In practice there will be other use cases - depending on the philosophy of a specific utility. The use cases are not standardized!
In case a utility is looking for exchangeability of IEDs from different vendors, it has to specify the SCD file to a very high degree!
Recently I had a meeting with experts from a big transmission utility: They have reached a level of system specification in order to allow interoperability AND exchangeability of IEDs from multiple vendors! To get there: You need to request something more than just "IEC 61850".

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Government R&D Funding for German "Energiewende": 400 Million Euro until 2025

The German government has decided recently to fund four (4) huge R&D Energiewende-Projects!
The government published a news report describing the objectives of the Kopernikus projects.
More than 1000 organizations came up with 41 project proposals - four (4) proposals have been awarded to get the funding!

  1. Neue Netzstrukturen (new network structures) - Project name: ENSURE.
    Leading organization: KIT (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie)
    Other main organizations: RWTH Aachen, E.ON, Tennet, Siemens and ABB
    Number of partners: 21
  2. Speicherung von Überschussstrom (power storage) - Project name: Power-to-X
    Leading organization: RWTH Aachen
    Other main organization: Forschungszentrum Jülich und die DECHEMA
    Number of partners:62
  3. Industrieprozesse (industrial processes): - Project name: SynErgie
    Leading organization: Technischen Universität Darmstadt
    Other main organizations: Universität Stuttgart
    Number of partners: 83
  4. Systemintegration (system integration) - Project name: ENavi
    Leading organization: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam
    Other main organizations:
    Number of partners: 64

The projects are organized into three (3) phases and run until 2025.
Funding for the first phase (2016-2018) = 120 Million Euro.
Funding for the phase 2 and 3 (2019-2015) = 280 Million Euro.

Click HERE for the government press release [de].
Click HERE for the Kopernikus projects [de].

Again On Security - A Summary for Managers

Always everything has been said on industrial control system (ICS) security - but still a lot of managers have not paid enough attention to it.
Are you a manager responsible for ICS security? You should read the one page well written memo. If you are not a manager: forward the link to your management.
Click HERE for the one page well written memo.

Two of the most crucial sentences in the memo are:

"... everyone knows there is a problem - but for the moment it is largely a potential problem."

" ... warns, "My biggest fear right now is that someone will put a critical infrastructure on
lockdown with ransomware. ..."

The next problem may be just round the corner ... somebody saying: "Stehen bleiben und Geld her!" (Stand and deliver!).

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Just Published: CDV IEC 62351-7 -- Network and System Management (NSM) Data Object Models

IEC TC 57 has just published the first CDV of
IEC 62351-7 comprising 208 pages:
Power systems management and associated information exchange - Data and communications security - Part 7: Network and system management (NSM) data object models
The ballot closes 2016-06-17
This draft STANDARD will (when released) supersede the Technical Specification "IEC TS 62351-7:2010".

The NSM objects will provide monitoring data for TC57 protocols used for power systems
(IEC 61850, IEC 60870-5-104) and device specific environmental and security status. Also
IEEE 1815 DNP3 is included in the list of monitored protocols. The NSM data objects use the
naming conventions developed for IEC 61850, expanded to address NSM issues. For sake of
generality these data objects, and the data types of which they are comprised, are defined as
abstract models of data objects.
In order to allow the integration of the monitoring of power system devices within the NSM
environment in this standard a mapping of objects towards the SNMP protocol is provided.

110 pages contain the SNMP MIB Mapping.
Excerpt of some objects related to MMS:

Please take some time to comment.
The document should be available online for comments by end of this week or so.
Check HERE.

IEC 61850 for CLS -- Seems to be the natural solution as discussed in Germany

Controllable Local Systems (CLS) is understood by many experts as a useful tool to communicate with loads and generators. The roll-out of smart meters seems to be blocked (at least in Germany to some extent) by the missing decision: Which information and information exchange standard should be used?
The latest issue of the famous VDI-Nachrichten reported last week Friday that there is an immediate need to come to a decision in Germany. Professor Hilscher (Hochschule Ulm) is suggesting to apply IEC 61850.
Click HERE for the report (Digitale Energiewende braucht Standards) [de].

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Ukrainian Power Grid -- Cyber Attack is a Wake-Up Call for All of us

"On December 23, 2015, the Ukrainian Kyivoblenergo, a regional electricity distribution company, reported service outages due to a third party’s illegal entry into the company’s computer and SCADA systems. ... the strongest capability of the attackers was not in their choice of tools or in their expertise, but in their capability to perform long‐term reconnaissance operations required to learn the environment and execute a highly synchronized, multistage, multisite attack. ..."

Click HERE for an interesting Report that provides "important details surrounding the attack, offering lessons learned, and recommending approaches to help the ICS community repel similar attacks."
This and other attacks are Wake-Up Calls for Everybody! We should be aware that to some extent this trend will impact us all one way or the other - sooner or later.
One thing is sure: The future secure delivery of electric power will require more resources and smart people!!

Friday, March 11, 2016

RWE sieht in Steuerungsboxen eine Chance Geld zu verdienen

Im aktuellen Beitrag "Klassische Vollversorger sind chancenlos“ in den VDI-Nachrichten (Seite 21) vom 11.03.2016 wird berichtet:

"... Teriums aktuelle Erkenntnis lautet: „Klassische Vollversorger sind chancenlos auf dem Energiemarkt.“ Die Stromversorgung werde dezentraler und komplexer. So will RWE vom reinen Versorger zum Umsorger werden. Angebote wie Steuerungsboxen für das Energie erzeugende Eigenheim sollen Gewinne bescheren. ..."

Click HIER um den gesamten Beitrag zu lesen.

Eine wesentliche Voraussetzung dazu wäre, dass alle Steuerungsboxen (oder Steuerboxen) eine einheitliche Sprache sprechen und IEC 61850 anwenden.

Stromnetz Berlin - Goes Digital with various approaches

The distribution operator "Stromnetz Berlin" with some 2.4 Million customers and 350.000 house service connections operates the following networks and applies various communication solutions:

110 kV Network: 
- 80 Substations with 600 switch gears
- all switch gears remote controllable
- communication infrastructure: fiber optic

10 kV Network:
- 10,700 Distribution stations with 23,000 switch gears
- 10 per cent of switchgears remote controllable
- expandable to 100 per cent
- communication infrastructure: land line, TETRA Radio

0,4 kV Network:
- 15,000 cable distributor boxes
- 96,000 feeders
- 1 per cent of switch gears remote controllable
- expandable to 100 per cent
- communication infrastructure: pager (e*nergy - based on e*message)

The protocols used are likely quite different - I guess.
Click HERE to download a presentation from "Stromnetz Berlin" [German only]
Click HERE for the presentation material (14 slide presentations) of a recent conference [German only]

Smart Meter Rollout UND intelligentes Einspeisemanagement

"Der vorliegende Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Digitalisierung der Energiewende greift nach
Expertenmeinung zu kurz. Bevor ein Smart Meter Rollout gestartet wird, muss ein
einheitlicher Schnittstellenstandard festgelegt werden, um beispielsweise flächendeckend
Wechselrichter und Speicher ansteuern und vernetzen zu können.

So lautet das Fazit des 23. Fachgesprächs der Clearingstelle EEG zu „Technische Einrichtungen
zur Einspeiseregelung – Einspeisemanagement und Direktvermarktung“ am 8. März in Berlin.
Branchenvertreter und Experten wiesen darauf hin, dass das Gesetz zur Digitalisierung der
Energiewende, das derzeit im parlamentarischen Verfahren ist, deutlich zu kurz greift. „Es darf
nicht nur darum gehen die Zähler auszuwechseln, was wir brauchen ist eine echte Digitalisierung mit Standards, die ein intelligentes Einspeisemanagement erlauben“, unterstrich Professor Gerd Heilscher von der Hochschule Ulm. ...
Als positives Beispiel verwies Heilscher auf die USA, wo seit kurzem nur noch PV-Wechselrichter mit dem Kommunikationsstandard Sunspec in öffentliche Gebäude eingebaut werden dürfen.
Entsprechend müsse auch hierzulande ein einheitliches Übertragungsprotokoll beispielsweise auf Basis des IEC 61850 eingeführt werden."

Click HIER für den kompletten Beitrag.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Several new CDVs (related to power systems) available for public commenting

IEC TC 118 has just published the following two CDV documents:

118/55/CDVIEC 62746-10-1 Ed.1: Systems interface between customer energy management system and the power management system -
Part 10-1: Open automated demand response

118/56/CDVIEC 62939-3 Ed.1: Smart grid user interface -
Part 3: Energy interoperation services

The system committee Smart Energy has published:

IEC 62559-3/Ed1: Use case methodology -
Part 3: Definition of use case template artefacts into an XML serialized format

These CDVs are available for public comments according to IEC.

The published documents are really very interesting - I hope that especially the users community will study these documents in due time and provide comments through the public commenting process or through their national committees.

Please take some time to dig into the documents to some degree!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Training in Montreal (Canada): Mastering the complexity of IEC 61850

OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES invites you to the very crucial Training:
Mastering the complexity of IEC 61850
Adoption of the IEC 61850 standard in North America is slowly emerging for Transmission and Distribution markets, but an increasing number of implementations is expected, either through new installations or following cost-benefit assessments in modernization projects. Now is a good time to get in touch with the state-of-the-art technologies and standard that will guide present and future SAS design.
During this seminar, truly experienced, vendor independent engineers will help you see and understand how to use the core parts of the IEC 61850 standard applied in substation design, monitoring, protection and control applications. You will learn from senior protection engineers, how the protection system will improve and understand the crucial lessons learned since the first projects with IEC 61850 in 2004, all through interactive training, live demos and hands-on exercises.
Monday, 25 April 2016 at 9:00 AM - Friday, 29 April 2016 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
Le Nordelec - 1751 rue Richardson, Suite 4312 Montréal, QC H3K 1G6 CA
Click HERE for more details and registration information.
See you there.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Draft IEC 62351-13 TR - Guidelines on what security topics should be covered in standards and specifications

IEC TC 57 just published a very interesting draft technical report (57/1678/DTR):
IEC 62351-13 TR: Power systems management and associated information exchange -
Data and communications security -
Part 13: Guidelines on what security topics should be covered in standards and specifications
Voting terminates on 2016-04-15

The draft covers the following topics:

Excerpt from the document:
"1.2 Purpose of this Document
The security requirements for human users and software applications are different from the purely
technical security requirements found in many communication and device standards. For user security standards, more emphasis must be on “policy and procedures” and “roles and authorization” rather than “bits and bytes” cryptographic technologies that should be included in Information and Communications Technology (ICT). In addition, engineering practices and system configurations must be taken into account, since no cryptography can compensate for poor design."

As an excerpt not this single bullet: "Validation of information input for format and reasonability, including that the input is in the correct format, that values are within limits, that the values are not beyond the capabilities of the automation system."

There is always something to better understand!

NEW: 80 Page Report on Centralized Substation Protection And Control

Centralized Substation Protection and Control is quite new compared to the age of the a.c. power system. A couple of experts have published recently a very comprehensive IEEE report on the subject. They are going back into the history and provide an outlook into the advantages that come, e.g., with IEC 61850. IEC 61850 is mentioned almost 50 times ...
Many details are discussed - recommended to be read by non-protection engineers.
Click HERE for downloading the report [pdf].

Click HERE for other related papers for free access at IEEE..