IEC 61850

IEC

61850

Master the Power of IEC 61850

The IEC 61850 standard has been increasingly adopted for the configuration of Intelligent Electronic Devices (IED) involved in the monitoring, protection, control and automation of substations and various power system applications. By adhering to the IEC 61850 standard, industries, utilities and institutions are safeguarding their investments and mitigating the risks associated with interoperability issues and the long-term stability of the system.

Watch HYPERSIM’s IEC 61850 Solution in action

In this two-part webinar, see how we have implemented IEC 61850 MMS, GOOSE and Sampled Values into HYPERSIM, as well as a detailed demo based on the IOP 2019 Integrated Application Design.










The Leading Standard for Communication in Substations

The IEC 61850 standard was developed from key requirements which are also at the core of every OPAL-RT solution: technological independence, flexibility and expandability.

OPAL-RT’s Real-Time Simulators work with any protection and control IED that operates as a logical node defined in IEC 61850-7-4 and supports IEC 61850-8-1 GOOSE and IEC 61850-9-2 Sampled Values for fast communication of events, as well as IEC 61850 MMS Server Protocol for the data exchange between Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) and high-level systems, such as SCADA. These IEDs can include, but are not limited to:


    • Protective relay


    • Merging unit


    • Setting-less protection relay


    • State estimation-based tools


    • IEC 61869-9 Low Power Instrument Transformers (LPIT) / Non-Conventional Instrument Transformers (NCIT)



In addition, OPAL-RT supports IEEE1588v2 as well as IEC 61850-9-3, the leading standard for time synchronization in digital substations.
















The Three Pillars of IEC 61850 at OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES

From its in-depth expertise in IEC 61850 testing, OPAL-RT not only delivers a world-class communication protocol solution for power systems, but also partnered with two leaders in the industry to provide a complete set of products and learning around IEC 61850. This combination allows engineers to understand, simulate and validate the connection of external Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) under test in an easy, reliable and affordable way resulting in an approach based on three solid pillars:

I – Software Platforms

OPAL-RT has developed a cutting-edge software interface used to design, test and validate IEC 61850 projects. IEC 61850 Sampled Value, GOOSE and MMS communication protocols are available through dedicated, easy-to-use interfaces on both HYPERSIM and RT-LAB. The IEC 61850 interface can be used in combination with toolboxes for cybersecurity, microgrids and more!

II – Hardware Platforms

OPAL-RT’s hardware platforms are based on a modular and flexible design and are fully customizable and expandable for specific I/O requirements. All hardware platforms come compatible with IEC 61850 and offer an unmatched performance so engineers can develop, test, integrate and validate Intelligent Electronic Devices.






III – OPAL-RT Training Programs

OPAL-RT delivers practical and theoretical training tailored to engineers involved in the design and testing of protection relays and substation automation equipment control using the IEC 61850 standard. They aim to provide crucial tools, develop the students’ skills, and help improve their methodologies. Our teachers are specifically trained to offer the best learning experience and deliver Application- and Operations-Oriented Courses covering IEC 61850 from the basics to highly detailed and advanced operations and concepts.











Powerful Tools to Address the Most Complex Challenges of Protection

Integrated with our simulation system HYPERSIMTestView allows automated sequences for testing protective relay according to IEC 60255-1 Standard. The main benefits are:

  • Guidelines for systematic type testing of distance relays, and uniform test reporting on the basis of a network simulation
  • Facilitates easier comparison among different distance relays produced by different manufacturers
  • Assess overall performance of relays under steady states and faulty conditions
  • Full compliance with the functional requirements of distance protection according to the IEC 60255-121 standards
  • Able to test several IEDs simultaneously, and complete protection systems without the need for amplifiers














IEC 61850 Sampled Value Data Integrity Manipulation

Improve testing coverage of protection systems with the new HYPERSIM feature for IEC 61850 data integrity manipulation and fault insertion

Six types of manipulations have been integrated in the Sampled Values solution:

  • Stop transmission
  • Delay transmission
  • Duplicate transmission
  • smpCnt manipulation
  • smpSynch manipulation
  • Quality manipulation

All these features come with a precise trigger that let the user manipulate data on external events.









Simulator Platforms
Simulator Platforms

OPAL-RT offers a wide range of simulator platforms to meet all current industry needs and forthcoming challenges. All simulators are based on a modular and flexible design, and are fully customizable and expandable for specific I/O requirements.

OP4512

Where Price Meets Performance

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OP4610XG

Affordable Compact Simulator

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OP5705XG

Versatile Real-Time Simulator

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OP5707XG

Flagship Real-Time Simulator

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OP5033XG

Brute Force Computing

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Customer Success Stories

Fraunhofer IWES uses OPAL-RT’s real-time simulators to test an IEC 61850 compliant voltage control algorithm.

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory tests and compares microgrid controllers performance aspects using OPAL-RT simulators.

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OPAL-RT provided expert services and tanning on IEC 61850 as part of the Future Intelligent Transmission Network SubStation (FITNESS) project.


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