Design and Implementation of a Substation Automation Unit

Andrea Angioni, Anna Kulmala, Davide Della Giustina, Markus Mirz, Antti Mutanen, Alessio Dede, Ferdinanda Ponci, Lu Shengye, Giovanni Massa, Sami Repo, Antonello Monti

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    The increment of distributed energy resources such as small photovoltaic plants or microcogeneration systems, together with the increase of electric vehicles connected to the grid, is bringing new challenges to distribution system operators (DSOs). In order to support DSOs to face such new challenges, this paper proposes a new solution based on a framework for the implementation of substation automation units. This framework supports the development of smart distribution systems solutions. The monitoring and control functionalities of the proposed solution are decentralized and, therefore, closer to the associated field devices compared to traditional solutions. Thus, the proposed approach allows us to increase performance and to reduce the system complexity by avoiding the concentration of data in one single point. An automation unit placed in the electrical substation is proposed and characterized for automation in distribution networks. Test results in laboratory and real-world environments will show some results of the proposed solution.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number7579641
    Pages (from-to)1133-1142
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • distributed monitoring and control
    • Distribution grids
    • smart grid
    • substation automation


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