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    Intelligent Process Control in Power & Energy Delivers Better Power Efficiency

    Green Belt

      Market: Power & Energy

      Location: Austria

      Technology Partner: AutomationX

      Project Introduction

      As many energy companies seek to reduce their footprint on the environment, more efficient

      power and energy generation is becoming a critical issue. In the power generation and distribution

      market, maintenance-free power backup systems and IEC 61850-based power transmission

      and distribution systems improve energy generation and distribution efficiency. Power substations

      are subsidiaries of electricity generation systems where voltage is transformed from high to low

      or reversed using transformers. Nowadays, multiple protocols, including many proprietary protocols

      with custom communication links, exist for substation automation and interoperation

      with devices from different vendors that would be a huge advantage to users of substation

      automation devices.

      System Requirements

      The IEC 61850 international standard for substation automation systems defines the communication

      protocols between devices in substations and related systems and as such any equipment

      needs to be compliant with this standard. In next-generation IEC-61850 certified power substation

      systems, communication gateways and managed switches play an important role. Abstract data

      models, defined in IEC 61850, can be mapped to a number of protocols, and there are many

      proprietary devices and networks which are defined in such a way as to link all proprietary devices

      together.

      System Description

      AutomationX is an Austrian-based automation solution provider in the industry, infrastructure

      and energy fields. They recently designed Power and Energy Modules for a substation customer

      using their PLC programming tool and Advantech’s acclaimed APAX-5000 series Programmable

      Automation Controllers (PLC), as well as UNO series.

      Advantech was chosen by AutomationX for their wide product portfolio, and because the harsh

      working environments in power substations require that equipment has to meet robust design

      specifications, such as wide operating temperature range, isolation I/O, dual power input, vibration

      and shock protection, and rackmount installation.

      The APAX-5000 series integrates control, information processing and networking in a single platform.

      By leveraging the latest automation technology, AutomationX and the APAX-5000 series

      PAC system provide a more reliable, scalable and flexible substation control and automation

      application.