New test lab for renewable energy revolution
Published: 21 September 2012 - Joe Bush
TÜV SÜD's test lab for smart energy technology has now been accredited by the UCA International Users Group.
In the laboratory, experts assess and certify electronic control systems and instruments for their conformity with the IEC 61850 international standard and provide IT security services.
“The renewable energy revolution and restructuring towards greater flexibility in energy production and distribution have resulted in a growing demand for more and better control systems and real time information on grid voltage and frequency”, said Maurizio Scavazzon, product manager IEC 61850 in the Embedded Systems department at TÜV SÜD AG. “To satisfy this demand, we need interoperable intelligent electronic devices (IEDs).”
The transmission of data via interfaces and protocols must be based on uniform standards such as the IEC 61850. This international standard particularly applies to protection and control systems in power plants, transformer stations or electric sub-stations for medium and high voltage grids. “Today, the IEC 61850 standard is virtually a ‘must’ whenever existing plants are modernised or new plants built”, explained Scavazzon. “In many instances, owners demand that manufacturers obtain third party certification to confirm the conformity of their products with this very standard.”
TÜV SÜD’s testing laboratory for smart energy technology became accredited as a ‘Level A Independent Test Lab’ by the UCA International Users Group. The experts in the testing lab carry out conformity testing based on the ‘Users Group Quality Assurance Testing Program Procedures’ and issue certificates confirming that the devices and protocols used are in conformity with the IEC 61850 standard.