Siemens Technology Meets Key Standards for Smart Grid Solutions

  • Posted on: 25 July 2011
  • By: chw staff

Siemens’ Spectrum Power range of power control systems  and protection equipment, substation automation systems and Ethernet switches from Siemens Energy satisfy all requirements specified by international standards IEC 61968 and IEC 61850 in the framework of future smart Grid solutions. This is confirmed by their successful performance in interoperability tests recently conducted at the French power utility EDF in Paris by the users’ association UCA.

The UCA tested the network control systems for data interchange capability in compliance with the power distribution management standard IEC 61968. Siemens’ energy automation products passed the interoperability test called for by the communication standard for substation automation, IEC 61850. Siemens is one of the biggest providers of products and systems designed to this standard. Over 170,000 units of the company’s hardware meeting this standard are currently in use around the world.

The successful interoperability tests performed by the international users’ association UCA (Utilities Communications Architecture) prove that the tested Siemens products for automating power systems can be integrated into systems comprising products made by other manufacturers without posing any interface problems. "To be able to offer technology and solutions with a global future, we have always been closely involved in the most important standardization bodies and play a pioneer role in setting the latest standards. So it goes without saying that we take these standards into account when developing our own products" says Jan Mrosik, CEO of the Energy Automation Business Unit within Siemens’ Energy Sector.

In the IEC 61968 test, the Siemens network control systems satisfied all the data exchange criteria of the CIM (Common Information Model) standard. IEC 61968 defines standards for the integration of distribution network management solutions, including the data model for distribution networks to the CIM standard. The IEC 61850 interoperability test was performed on Siemens’ Siprotec protection relays, the Sicam PAS substation control system, and Ethernet switches of the Scalance series. Passing these tests with flying colors reaffirms Siemens’ pioneer role in the implementation of these standards. The distribution management standard IEC 61968, the IEC 61850 communications standard for energy automation, and the CIM model are nowadays recognized worldwide as the key standards for the smart grid solutions of the future.

Solutions for building and extending intelligent power supply networks (smart grids) are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2010, revenues from the Portfolio totaled about EUR28 billion, making Siemens the world’s largest supplier of ecofriendly technologies. In the same period, our products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 270 million tons, an amount equal to the total annual CO2 emissions of the megacities Hong Kong, London, New York, Tokyo, Delhi and Singapore.

The Siemens Energy Sector is the world’s leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services and solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution of power and for the extraction, conversion and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2010 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of approximately EUR25.5 billion and received new orders totaling more than EUR30.1 billion and posted a profit of more than EUR3.3 billion. On September 30, 2010, the Energy Sector had a work force of more than 88,000.