Technologies and Architectures for Next-generation Energy Automation Systems
Session Chair:
Stjepan Sucic
Koncar Power Plant and Electric Traction Engineering, Croatia
  • ● Stjepan Sucic, Koncar Ltd.
  • - Optimizing OPC UA Middleware Performance for Energy Automation Applications
  • ● Marko Bago, Koncar Ltd.
  • - Smart Grid standards - Applications in industrial practice
  • ● Rick Liposchak, WG Chair of IEEE P2030.100
  • - Recommended Practice for Implementing an IEC 61850 Based Substation Communications, Protection, Monitoring and Control System

This panel session provides an overview of the major IEEE and IEC Smart Grid standards, their real-world applications, their global acceptance, what are the bottlenecks of their streamlined deployment and their implications to the future power systems.

Invited Paper:
Optimizing OPC UA Middleware Performance for Energy Automation Applications
Stjepan Sucic

ENTSO-E representing 41 TSOs from 34 European countries has published a statement in 2012 on IEC 61850: Nearly 25 years after the first considerations and 10 years after the publication of the 1st edition of the IEC61850 standard, we can unfortunately observe that deployment of IEC61850 multi-vendor solutions is very scarce, as opposed to the rather widespread applications of single-vendor solutions.". This statement alone shows the need for globally accepted industrial standards that provide interoperability in the power systems.
One of the crucial prerequisites of successful Smart Grid deployment is accelerated integration of distributed and heterogeneous automation devices and applications used for power systems monitoring, protection and control. Enabling multi-vendor interoperability in the power system environment is based on utilizing globally accepted industrial standards. Despite most of these standards are results of industrial consensuses between world-leading domain experts only some of the Smart Grid standards have been widely applied in industrial practice. The successful standards and de-facto standards are the ones which have been accepted by the widest user base, which means both building a consensus as well as deploying real world pilot-projects ahead of the standard.