The Concept of IEC 61850

This 28-page special report discusses the IEC 61850 standard for electrical substation communications, which incorporates an object-oriented hierarchical data model approach with high-level standardized semantics and the use of Ethernet.

The standard supports the Smart Grid and will be applied across the power system spectrum. This report explains the IEC 61850 standard, describes case studies of its use, and discusses how products meant to work with it are verified and validated.  

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