Wednesday, December 17, 2014

IEC Smart Grid Standards Map

IEC has spent some time to list the relevant standards for the many areas of Smart(er) Grids:

When you browse this site, you may wonder to see a list of 301 standards and other official specifications. There are many areas that are related to the 50 Hz or 60 Hz 3-phase electrical power systems:

  • Advanced distribution management system
  • Advanced metering infrastructure
  • Asset management and condition monitoring system
  • Blackout prevention system
  • Clock reference system
  • Communication network
  • Communication network management system
  • Data modelling
  • Demand response / Load management
  • Distributed energy resources operation system
  • Distribution automation system
  • E-mobility system
  • EMC & Power quality
  • Electric Storage system
  • Energy management system
  • FACTS for grids
  • Generation management system
  • Industrial automation system
  • Market place systems
  • Meter-related back-office systems
  • Security
  • Smart home and building automation system
  • Substation automation system
  • Weather forecast

The home page states: “Easily and instantly identify the standards that are needed for any part of the Smart Grid – no need to be a standards expert”. Hm, really? There may be no need to be an expert browsing the site – BUT if you are not an expert in standards like IEC 60870-5-10x, CIM, IEC 61400-25, IEC 61850,  IEC 62351, … then you need to talk an EXPERT. We are here to help you!

Fortunately, when it comes to information exchange, the many parts of IEC 61850 are the most crucial standards you will find in the list of the 301 standards:

IEC 61850-6
IEC 61850-7-1 
IEC 61850-7-2
IEC 61850-7-3
IEC 61850-7-4
IEC 61850-7-410
IEC 61850-7-420
IEC 61850-8-1
IEC 61850-8-2
IEC 61850-80-1
IEC 61850-80-4
IEC 61850-9-2
IEC 61850-90-1
IEC 61850-90-10
IEC 61850-90-11
IEC 61850-90-12
IEC 61850-90-13
IEC 61850-90-14
IEC 61850-90-15
IEC 61850-90-2
IEC 61850-90-3
IEC 61850-90-4
IEC 61850-90-5
IEC 61850-90-6
IEC 61850-90-7
IEC 61850-90-8
IEC 61850-90-9

I guess, even IEC has not fully understood the impact of IEC 61850 on the power delivery system: So, why is IEC 61850-90-3 missing in the list of standards relevant for cable?


Here is an overview (from draft IEC 61850-90-3) on cable monitoring:


It is impossible to list IEC 61850 in any application domain. The model (LN – Logical Node) STMP (temperature supervision) could be used allover – where ever a temperature is measured. Modeling the temperature in a green house and communication the value with IEC 61850 does not require to list IEC 61850 as a standard for green houses … ;-)

IEC 61850 is a common standard that covers specific and general models and services.

To understand the impact of IEC 61850: you have to be an expert or you have to ask an expert.

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