Global Substation Automation Products Market, The

07 Jun 2011 • by Natalie Aster

New YorkNations are prioritizing their efforts to revitalize their decaying electric infrastructure by focusing on much-needed upgrades to their substations and ensuring these structures can be seamlessly connected to the Smart Grid. The burgeoning industry of substation automation involves a plethora of devices, technologies, and business models that require a sophisticated approach to product selection, implementation, interoperability, and skilled engineering.

The report “Global Substation Automation Products Market, The” by SBI Energy examines the worldwide interest in smart substation development, including the market size and scope of the products, and the uneven pace at which nations are adopting the different substation automation architectures and designs. The report covers a wide range of products and technologies used to automate substation processes and controls. Through interviews with substation industry experts and extensive secondary research, SBI Energy finds that from 2006-2010 the world has added approximately 2,200 new conventional substations per year, distributed disproportionately across the globe. That number is likely to slow as new construction projects continue to wane in favor of upgrades to established substations and other regions accelerate their movements to renewable energy sources.

Report Details:

Global Substation Automation Products Market, The

Date: June 2011

Pages: 152

Price: US$ 4,950.00

Report Sample Abstract

Installed in a substation automation system are Remote Terminals Units (RTUs) and Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) that collect system data and protect equipment. Communication between the control center and IEDs in remote areas is vital to the smooth operation of substation processes. Several communication protocols are used for remote control of devices. The protocols vary in their support of interoperability among IEDs developed by different substation automation products suppliers. The protocols include Modbus, IEC 60870, and DNP 3.0. Modbus, for example, is suitable for serial data communication but is not ideal for communication over local Ethernet connected computer networks.

The tasks performed by substation automation systems include switch control, data protection, and data monitoring. Each substation function is executed by the IED installed at the local substation. Many legacy substation automation protocols provide basic functionality for power system automation and were designed to accommodate the technical limitations of the networking technology available. Next-generation substation designs account for the improvement in communication networking technologies, such as high-speed wide area networks and wireless. IEC 61850 is an important new international standard for substation automation that affects how electric power systems are designed and built. The protocol is part of the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) Technical Committee 57 (TC57) architecture for electric power systems. The model driven approach of the TC57 standards, including IEC61850, will likely result in significant cost savings for utilities and improved electric power system performance.

More information can be found in the report “Global Substation Automation Products Market, The” by SBI Energy.

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