DNV GL announces the launch of its IEC 61850 Test Centre in Singapore. The IEC 61850 Test Centre is the first independent test centre focusing on providing IEC 61850 and other related testing services to electricity utilities, large generation plants and grid-tied distributed energy resources in the Asia Pacific region.
Electric utilities are under increasing pressure to ensure their power grids remain reliable over a wide range of operating conditions, to cater for more distributed energy resources and to extend the operating life of key assets. Smart grid and smart metering technologies are being introduced into the power grids with increasing customers’ demands for better reliability and cost-effective electricity supply as well as the needs for close-to-real-time data exchanges/transfers from various components in the power grid.
In order for the central control systems and distributed control systems to communicate effectively, the international IEC 61850 standard has been developed for data communication of devices within and between substations and distributed and renewable energy resources. DNV GL’s customers in Asia Pacific countries will be able to engage testing services of DNV GL’s IEC 61850 Test Centre to ensure that communication components connected to the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System or any intelligent communication network will be able to communicate with the distributed or central control centres of the utilities seamlessly and speedily in exchanging/transferring crucial data for the enhancement of the security and reliability of electricity supply networks.