Energy & Power
Transmission & Distribution
GE announces availability of Multilin D20MX substation controller
By Anthony Capkun
July 17, 2013 – GE says its Multilin D20MX substation controller can help utilities more efficiently and reliably manage their electrical substations. By collecting, aggregating and processing data from the intelligent devices in a substation, the D20MX consolidates the data and communicates it to a central location, helping a utility get visibility to what’s happening in its entire network of substations. Utilities also can use the D20MX to help perform automation tasks, such as load monitoring, load balancing and outage detection. Instructions can be sent from a central control centre to the D20MX in remote substations to help centralize control of the grid to improve reliability and efficiency. This latest version meets requirements under the North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) cybersecurity standards, says GE, and includes a suite of new client and server protocols allowing communication with more intelligent devices in the substation. The D20MX is modular in design and backward compatible to the chassis into which it plugged.