Monday, June 18, 2018

Séminaire PowerOn Dakar Sénégal 18 et 19 Juin 2018

Cet évènement vous permettra de partager des connaissances et de rencontrer des experts et spécialistes de différents horizons afin d’échanger sur les solutions aux problèmes que vous rencontrez, les outils de mesures-test-diagnostic des équipements électriques, et d’obtenir de l’aide ou des conseils, ou simplement découvrir les nouvelles techniques innovantes disponibles pour tester les transformateurs et autres équipements des postes HT.


  • Protection des réseaux :
  • CEI 61850 et Réseaux électriques intelligents : impact sur les spécifications, essais et maintenance des postes électriques. Présenté par Andrea Bonetti.
  • Protection Différentielle des transformateurs : influence physique des relais sur les transformateurs. Présenté par Andrea Bonetti.
  • Plan de protection : mesure de l’impédance de ligne. Présenté par Andrea Bonetti.
  • Charge filerie : mesure d’impédance avec le SVERKER. Présenté par Andrea Bonetti.
  • Vérification des TC/TP. Présenté par Mamadou Keita.
  • Efficacité de la Maintenance :
  • Informatisation du Suivi de Parc et de la Gestion des données de test
  • Réseaux Souterrains :
  • Localisation de défauts de cables. Présenté par Adeola Adebomi.
  • Diagnostic des câbles souterrains. Présenté par Adeola Adebomi.
  • Transformateurs de puissance :
  • Test et Diagnostic. Présenté par Mamadou Keita.
  • Et bien d’autres thèmes qui seront abordés basées sur le retour d’expériences terrain

 Nous serions honorés de votre présence et nous vous remercions de cliquer ci-dessous pour vous enregistrer.
Pour toute autre question, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter.

Pour toute demande d’informations, envoyez un e-mail à

Hôtel King Fahd Palace
Route des Almadies
Dakar 8181

Monday, June 4, 2018

Megger Offers a Wide Range of IEC 61850 GOOSE Test Tools and Experiences

Megger (Sweden) offers a wide range of test tools and experiences for testing and commissioning of systems based on IEC 61850 GOOSE.

They just published a brochure that shares some light on IEC 61850 interoperability problems and solutions for the horizontal communication (GOOSE):

IEC 61850 - GOOSE Interoperability

Click HERE for the brochure.

This document (written by one of the most experienced senior protection engineers) is really worth to download and to read! Andrea Bonetti will give you a deep inside look into the use of GOOSE messaging and how to reach interoperability.

"Interoperability is one of the most misunderstood of all business terms. It is, however, one of the most important of all predictors of success or failure. In short, interoperability is the ability of diverse systems to work together effectively and efficiently. Interoperability is a property of a product or system, whose interfaces are completely understood, to work with other products or systems, present or future, without any restricted access or implementation.

There is absolutely no doubt that Interoperability facilitates valuable business connections—across
processes, between people and information and among companies. Interoperability yields improved
collaboration and ultimately increased productivity. Providing interoperability helps customers decrease complexity and better manage heterogeneous environments—while enhancing choice and innovation in the market. Importantly, the interoperability requirement of the IEC 61850 standard has beneficially increased the “interoperability among different engineers” working for companies that are formally in competition. This increased communication among different vendors has contributed to the fact that GOOSE messaging can today be considered a working technology, even if problems still arise, like in any other technology.

With more than six years of field experience with IEC 61850 GOOSE communication in protection and control applications, it is possible today to list the main reasons for interoperability problems for multi- and single-vendor systems; however, the list of causes of interoperability failures would be longer than what indicated in this document, especially if considering the cases found during the beginning of the use of GOOSE messages.

In order to commission substations with the new IEC 61850 technology, there is need to use some new tools and methods. The key for these tools and methods is, paradoxically, implicitly available in the IEC 61850 standard itself."


IEC 61850-90-11 - Modelling of Logics for IEC 61850 Based Applications

IEC TC 57 just published a 50+ page proposal for a very interesting topic:


Proposed IEC TR 61850-90-11, Communication networks and systems for power utility automation – Part 90-11: Methodologies for modelling of logics for IEC 61850 based applications

Comments to this draft are expected by 2018-07-27 at the latest.

This is likely the first time where application modelling (using a single configuration language!) integrates basic logic functions like AND, OR, Timer, ... including a Mapping of IEC 61850 data types and IEC 61131-3 / PLC Open XML data types.

The document introduces a couple of use cases describing mainly the control and monitoring of switchgears and electrical measurements.

Use case 1 – Busbar disconnector coupled in a double busbar arrangement
Use case 2 – Delayed breaker trip and blocking after 1st low gas pressure alarm
Use case 3 – Bay connected to busbar A
Use case 4 – Definite trip
Use case 5 – "Direct transfer open operation"
Use case 6 – Line outage detection in a breaker and a half scheme
Use case 7 – Unit trip logic
Use case 8 – Data quality management
Use case 9 – Switchgear control on the example of a busbar change-over

The modelling of logics could be of interest for many other applications.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

IEC TS 62351-5 ED2 - Security for IEC 60870-5 and derivatives

IEC TC 57 just published a new proposal to revise TR IEC 62351-5 and convert it into a standard:


Proposed revision of IEC TS 62351-5 ED2 and transformation of the TS into an IS (Power systems management and associated information exchange - Data and communications security - Part 5: Security for IEC 60870-5 and derivatives)

Excerpt from the background:

"... Since IEC TS 62351-5 was first published, IEC 60870-5-7 has been published defining specific security requirements for IEC 60870-5 protocols based on IEC TS 62351-5, while similar specific security requirements have been defined for IEEE Std. 1815 (DNP3). In addition, implementations have been undertaken by vendors. As a result, some issues with IEC TS 62351-5 were identified. At the same time, the security requirements for IEC 60870-5 have matured since these specifications were released as a Technical Specification. At this time, it is important to update these security requirements and convert them into an International Standard in order to ensure that implementations of IEC 60870-5 can include the appropriate security measures. ..."

Comments are expected by 2018-07-20 at the latest.

IEC 61850 - Model Extensions To Support Microgrids

IEC TC 57 just published a proposal for a new work:


Model extensions to IEC 61850 to support microgrids

From the preamble:

"An important market trend is to enable the operation of DER in islandable mode supplying a local process such as campus, buildings, industries, …. Thus it is important to complement the existing and/or coming IEC 61850 series of standards to support such an operation mode, including the protection of considered assets, the management of their transitioning between grid-tied and islanded mode, but also to the support the management of frequency, voltage, and quality of supply to the process. ..."

Comments to the proposal are welcome by 2018-07-20 at the latest.

IEC 61850-90-9 - Use of IEC 61850 for Electrical Energy Storage Systems

IEC TC 57 has just published a 114 page new draft technical report:


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

Comments are welcome until 2018-08-17

"This technical report provides necessary information within 61850 based object model in order to model functions of a battery based electrical energy storage system as a DER unit. For intelligently operated and/or automated grids, storing energy for optimising the grid operation is a core function. Therefore shorter periods of storing energy with charging and discharging capability is also an indispensable function. Charging and discharging operations need to be modelled thoroughly and are in the focus of this technical report. ...
An Electrical Energy Storage system (EESS) is a system which is used for the purpose of intermediate storage of electrical energy. The type of storage, the amount of energy, charging and discharging rates as well as self-discharge rate and many other characteristics are technology dependent and therefore can be very different. However, the general meaning of the characteristics and parameters are identical.
The objective of this document is to define a standardized and general approach to information
modelling for operating an EESS regardless of any specific technique, which supports an efficient way of integrating an EESS into grid operation and other businesses.
Various types of EESS, such as battery, pumped hydro, superconducting magnetic energy storage, flywheels, etc., are defined in “IEC White Paper on Electrical Energy Storage.” According to the the white paper, EESS systems are classified by energy form, advantages/disadvantages to the specific usages or the purpose of the implementation. ... "

Part 7-420 - Distributed energy resources and distribution automation logical nodes

After tremendous work on the revision and extension of the IEC 61850-7-420 Edition 1, IEC TC 57 just published the 366 page committee draft IEC 61850-7-420 ED2:


Communication networks and systems for power utility automation – Part 7-420: Basic communication structure – Distributed energy resources and distribution automation logical nodes

Commenting period closes 2018-08-17

Excerpt from the introduction:

"Increasing numbers of DER (distributed energy resources) systems are being interconnected to electric power systems throughout the world. As DER technology evolves and as the impact of dispersed generation on distribution power systems becomes a growing challenge – and opportunity – nations worldwide are recognizing the economic, social, and environmental benefits of integrating DER technology within their electric infrastructure.
The manufacturers of DER devices are facing the age-old issues of what communication standards and protocols to provide to their customers for monitoring and controlling DER devices, in particular when they are interconnected with the electric power system. In the past, DER manufacturers developed their own proprietary ...

This document addresses the IEC 61850 information modelling for DER, although some types and aspects of DER information models have been developed or are being developed separately through technical reports before they are added to this international standard DER model. These consist of the following:
• IEC 61850-90-6: Use of IEC 61850 for Distribution Automation Systems
• IEC 61850-90-8: Object model for electric mobility
• IEC 61850-90-9: Use of IEC 61850 for Electrical Storage Systems
• IEC 61850-90-15: DER Grid Integration using IEC 61850 "

This document is one of the crucial parts for the application of IEC 61850 in distributed power systems.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Great Article on Internet Insecurity - a New Approach!?

Yes - the title is about "Internet Insecurity" ...

The paper suggests a radical new approach in dealing with security or insecurity.

The papers closes:
"Every organization that depends on digital technologies and the internet is vulnerable to a devastating cyberattack. Not even the best cyber hygiene will stop Russia, North Korea, and highly skilled, well-resourced criminal and terrorist groups. The only way to protect your business is to take, where you can, what may look like a technological step backward but in reality is a smart engineering step forward. The goal is to reduce, if not eliminate, the dependency of critical functions on digital technologies and their connections to the internet. The sometimes higher cost will be a bargain when compared with the potentially devastating price of business as usual."

Click HERE for the article.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

FNN-Lastenheft "Steuerbox" veröffentlicht

Der FNN-Hinweis "Lastenheft Steuerbox - Funktionale und konstruktive Merkmale" ist jetzt verfügbar und kann zum Preis von 39 € erworben werden.

Das Lastenheft "Steuerbox" liefert die erste Grundlage für ein standardisiertes Steuerungssystem, das in der Architektur des intelligenten Messsystems betrieben werden kann.

Hier für die Leseprobe klicken.
Hier finden Sie den Shop.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Die FNN-Steuerbox kommuniziert mit IEC 61850

Die FNN-Steuerbox basiert auf standardisierten Lösungen für den Informationsaustausch. Für die Fernkommunikation mit den Steuerboxeb wurde eine Untermenge an Modellen und Diensten aus der Normenreihe IEC 61850 ausgewählt und näher spezifiziert.

Es kommen Services wie DataSet, Report Control, Log und Log Control, Control ... zur Anwendung. Als wesentliche Modell kommt das Scheduling (Fahrplansteuerung) zum Einsatz.

"In der Niederspannung sind basierend auf den FNN-Anwendungsfällen folgende Teilaspekte relevant.


Die Realisierung einer netzdienlichen Fahrplansteuerung dient in erster Linie dem Ersatz der heutigen Heizungssteuerung (Nachtspeicher, Wärmepumpen, Warmwasser) durch das intelligente Messsystem und unterliegt u. a. den Anforderungen einer autarken und zuverlässigen Schaltfahrplansteuerung sowie einer zeitsynchronen Tarifierung.

Steuern einer Einzelanlage Last/Erzeuger in kurzer Zeit

Die Steuerung von einzelnen Lasten und Erzeugern in der Niederspannung kann durch externe Marktteilnehmer erfolgen und ist i.d.R. als unkritisch zu bewerten.

Steuerung von Anlagengruppen in kurzer Zeit

Die Steuerung von Lasten und Erzeugern in der Niederspannung kann durch Gruppierung der Anlagen zu erhöhten Anforderungen führen. Dies kann bei kritischen Netzsituationen erforderlich werden. Entsprechend sind dabei erweiterte Maßnahmen in der Steuerungsarchitektur
zu treffen.

Die dabei betroffenen Stückzahlen sind im Anwendungsfall der Heizungssteuerung mit deutschlandweit ca. 2 Mio. Anlagen sowie einer Leistung von ca. 15 GW erheblich. Im Bereich der erneuerbaren Energien sind derzeit ca. 1,5 Mio. PV-Anlagen installiert, von denen perspektivisch ein großer Teil steuerbar sein soll - Tendenz steigend."

Click HIER für mehr Informationen.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Draft TR IEC 61850-7-6 published: Guideline for definition of Basic Application Profiles (BAPs) using IEC 61850

IEC TC 57 just published the 68 page draft Technical Report IEC 61850-7-6:


Communication networks and systems for power utility automation –
Part 7-6: Guideline for definition of Basic Application Profiles (BAPs) using IEC 61850

Voting closes 2018-06-08.

"The IEC 61850 standard series offers a broad basis for communication networks and systems in power utility automation. Due to its broad coverage of power utility automation applications, it is up to the standard’s user (utility, vendor, system integrator…) to pick and choose specific options from the standard in order to meet the requirements of the intended objective. As a consequence, implementations of IEC 61850 represent specific subsets of the standard.
In the context of standards the term “profile” is commonly used to describe a subset of an entity (e.g. standard, model, rules).
Accordingly an IEC 61850 standard profile contain a selection of data models (mandatory elements), communication services applicable and relevant engineering conventions (based on the Substation Configuration Language SCL defined in IEC 61850-6) for an application function of a specific use case in the domain of power utility automation.
Depending on the scope and objective different profile types can be distinguished:

  • User profile – defined subset that is valid for a specific user / organization (e.g. utility)
  • Product / Device profile – implemented subset in a specific vendor product /device
  • Domain profile – defined subset for a specific domain and relevant use cases (e.g. monitoring of substation)
  • Application / function profile - subset covering a specific application or function (e.g. substation interlocking)

These profile types target on reducing complexity and facilitate interoperability for their specific scope and during engineering and device / substation lifetime. In order to achieve both these goals - a properly defined profile and appropriate implementations (processes, tools, products) that support the profile are required."

Note that IEC 61850 is not that complex - but it is very comprehensive!!
Comprehensiveness with regard to:

  1. Number of parts: some 50 inclusing drafts
  2. Number of Logical Nodes
  3. Number of Data Objects
  4. Configuration language
  5. Number of task forces working on new stuff
  6. Number of applications that can be covered
  7. ...

The most crucial challenge is this: How can I find what may be of interest for my application? I hope somebody will do a good job in preparing an overview of models published and under preparation.
Let me know if you are aware of some good document or website ...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

IEC TC 57 Proposes New Work on SCD Based Substation Network Auto-Routing

IEC TC 57 Proposes New Work on SCD Based Substation Network Auto-Routing:


Proposal to develop IEC TR 61850-90-22 –
Communication networks and systems for power utility automation –
Part 90-22: SCD based substation network auto-routing with visualization and supervision support

"The scope of the proposed TR is to provide a comprehensive analysis of increased challenges encountered in the field where substation network is adopted, and to propose a novel resolution which is SCD based substation network auto-routing with visualization and supervision."

The following issues are key: Network topology auto-discovery, IED auto-detection, GOOSE/SV auto-routing, QoS and traffic engineering, Redundant path and fast recovery, Traffic validation, policing and shaping, Network resource virtualization, ...

I am happy to see that this draft proposal as been published - it will implement what I have been said for years in my seminars: SCD documents are containing a lot more than just Logical Nodes ... more to come. Stay tuned.

Click HERE for the list of National Committees involved in IEC TC 57.

Friday, April 13, 2018

CEWE Instruments Exhibits a new Meter with IEC 61850 Interface

CEWE Instruments exhibits at the Hanover Fair the Prometer 100 family of high-precision four-quadrant energy meters with advanced measuring, logging, power quality monitoring and data storage capabilities.
Prometer 100 supports flexible and modular communications options enabling integration with existing AMR/AMI/SCADA systems, and provides an upgrade path to future substation automation systems (SAS).

Logical Nodes supported: LLNO, LPHD, MMXU, MMTR, MHAI, MABT

Please note that the meter has been certified by the UCAIUG for IEC 61850 compliance.

Visit CEWE at Booth (B09, Hall 12) at the Hannover Messe (23.-27. April 2018)

Click HERE for more information.
Cliock HERE if you need a ticket for the fair in Hanover.

Configuration Description Language for Extensions for Human Machine Interfaces

IEC TC 57 just published a very interesting committee draft for machine support of automatic mapping the SCL models to HMIs:

IEC 61850 (57/1984/CD):
Communication networks and systems for power utility automation –
Part 6-2: Configuration description language for extensions for human machine interfaces

Closing date for comments: 2018-06-01 

"This International Standard describes how the graphical components and their interactions
found within HMI applications are to be described using the Graphical Configuration
Language (GCL) and the HMI Configuration Language (HCL). It will describe how the
graphical elements – described in GCL – are to be bounded to the IEC 61850 elements
defined by IEC 61850’s System Configuration Language (SCL). ..."

The following excerpt from the CD gives an impression on how the HMI configuration is intended to be automatically derived (supported) by a new graphical configuration namespace:

Wow, this is really a major step forward!

Monday, February 5, 2018

FMTP, NettedAutomation and other Experts Offer New Training Courses for Power System Automation, Protection, Smart Grid, and Security

FMTP Power AB (Uppsala, Sweden), KTH (Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm), Håvard Storås (Security expert), and NettedAutomation GmbH (Karlsruhe, Germany) have each long-term experience in the application of standards for protection and control as well in secure communication and SCADA applications.
FMTP and NettedAutomation in coopration with other senior experts offer the most comprehensive and vendor-independent education and practical training courses – they combine their knowledge and practical experience in the following areas:
  1. Substation control and protection, system design, engineering, and testing
    (Mr Andrea Bonetti who worked for ABB, Megger, and STRI),
  2. Smart Grid (Mr Lars Nordström, Director and Professor at KTH – Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm), 
  3. IT, OT & Cyber Security
    (Expert Mr Håvard Storås) and 
  4. Communication technology and SCADA ... market penetration and solutions(Mr Karlheinz Schwarz who worked for Siemens in the 80s and 90s):
We offer the following comprehensive training options:

(English: Andrea Bonetti, Prof. Lars Nordström, 
Håvard Storås, and Karlheinz Schwarz): 

12-16 March 2018 (book 3, 4 or 5 days)

Click HERE for details

(English: Andrea Bonetti, Håvard Storås, and Karlheinz Schwarz):

23-27 April 2018 (book 3, 4 or 5 days)

Click HERE for details

(Deutsch: Karlheinz Schwarz):

14-17 Mai 2018

04-07 Dezember 2018

HIER für Details in Deutsch klicken.

Friday, December 29, 2017

New Merging Unit Development Kit

A new Merging Unit Development Kit based on the NovTech IoT Smart Grid Platform with Intel Cyclone V SoC Core is available for your next project.
Utility companies are adapting their infrastructures to support bidirectional energy flow to handle the emergence of DER (Distributed Energy Resources) via microgrids, photovoltaic panels, and local energy storage. As distributed energy generation increases, new intelligence of sensors, measurement and protection equipment will be required to process data at the edge. Also with the increase in variable DER, it is more challenging for substations to deliver sinusoidal and predictable steady-state voltage and current. Utility companies rely on substation metering of secondary voltage (VT) and current transformer (CT) circuits to detect performance issues and to provide vital information in real time to distributed digital protection nodes.

To satisfy this need, SystemCORP and Intel developed an IEC 61850-9-2LE compliant merging unit solution in form of a demonstrator/development platform.

This development kit consists of 6 parts:

  1. NovTech IoT Octopus Smart Grid IoT Platform
  2. SystemCORP VT/CT Interface board
  3. SystemCORP IEC 61850-9-2LE Sample Value software stack (PIS-11) on ARM Cortex A9 core 1
  4. SystemCORP IEC standard 61850 server/client software stack (PIS-10) on ARM Cortex A9 core 2 (optional)
  5. Flexibilis embedded FPGA analogue front-end IP core
  6. Flexibilis Ethernet PRP/HSR FPGA IP core (optional) 

Click HERE for more information.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

IEC TC 57 Publishes Draft for Basic Application Profiles (BAPs)

IEC TC 57 just published Draft for Basic Application Profiles (BAPs):

Development of IEC TR 61850-7-6 (57/1946/DC):
Communication networks and systems for power utility automation
Part 7-6: Guideline for definition of Basic Application Profiles (BAPs) using IEC 61850

Different types are possible:

  1. User profile –defined subset that is valid for a specific user / community of users (e.g. utility)
  2. Domain profile - defined subset for a specific domain and relevant use cases (e.g. asset management)
  3. Basic Application Profile (BAP) – standardized subset defining an atomic application function (e.g. reverse blocking)
  4. Application profile - profile covering a specific application mostly based by aggregating BAPs e.g. busbar protection)
  5. Device profile – profile covering a typical IED functionality e.g. Merging Unit, IEC 61869-9)
  6. Product profile – implemented subset in a specific vendor product

Comments on this draft are due by 2018-01-19.

How many employees will drive an electric vehicle?

A German manager recently said that 500 employees of his company drive by car to the company every workday. He expects that in the future 250 will use electric cars and will charge their cars within the first hour after they arrived. The company would need 10 times more power than today!
Ok! Hm!?
What do you think about these assumptions? 250 EVs charging in the first hour!?
As an engineer I am wondering that experts come up with such examples. First of all, I do not expect that 50 per cent of the car owners will buy an electric car in the next years. Even if they would do, why do 250 car drivers want to charge at the companies car park in the morning when they arrive?
He concludes that "we engineers have not yet thought through to the end".
I guess a lot of engineers have thought through to the end - but not many engineers or politicians are listening!

Click HERE for the report "Netzstabilität braucht Digitalisierung und Automatisierung" in the vdi nachrichten (German).

These discussions remind me of the situation in the early 80s when we had the discussion on CSMA/CD (Ethernet, IEEE 802.3) versus Token Passing (IEEE 802.4). Under the assumption that we have a shower of messages to be sent by all attached devices at the same time, we found that Ethernet could not efficiently manage the communication due to many collisions. Token Passing was understood to manage such a situation very well. Ok.
Another assumption, high load from one device only, could easily be managed by CSMA/CD - but Token Passing would end up in very low throughput ... many other assumptions could be made.
So, what is the realistic assumption for communication? Nobody knows - it all depends.
Finally Switched Ethernet (a major new development) solved the collision problem ... and Token Passing more or less became obsolete in the automation world.

In the energy domain we need first to find the future new mix of power generation and how to store, transmit, distribute, and use the power - then we can think about automation and communication. The most crucial issue may be: Who is paying for all the changes?

By the way: We (many engineers) know how to communicate: IEC 61850 is one of the most crucial solution ... and how (not yet what) to automate.