Cooper Virelec and Manitoba Hydro collaborate on substation
By Anthony Capkun
Cooper Power Systems says it is working with Manitoba Hydro and its system integrator, Virelec, to develop fully IEC 61850-compliant substations. The project is intended to modernize, automate and integrate over 100 substations, following IEC 61850, “Communication Networks and Systems in Substations”.
The project includes implementing a complete and secure Cooper Power
Systems substation automation solution based on SMP Gateway data
concentrators, SMP I/O input/output discrete modular units, SMP 16/SP
substation-grade computers and the Yukon Visual T&D HMI system.
The SMP16/SP substation-grade computer, combined with Visual T&D
software, will provide a tool for local SCADA management with a
substation single-line diagram HMI. To replace traditional hardwiring,
IEC 61850 GOOSE messaging will be used over the fiber optic ethernet LAN
installed in the substation.
“Utilities are adopting IEC 61850 for substation automation to help
improve their interoperability and efficiency,” said Mike Stoessl,
division president, Cooper Power Systems. “Building on our existing
61850 offering, we’ve established a leadership position that allows us
to help Manitoba Hydro improve its network management performance,
achieve significant cost and time savings and realize improved
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