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HIL as testing tool for digital substations based on IEC 61850 standard
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IEC 61850 is an international standard for substation automation systems that defines the communication between substation devices. It has defined a structure for addressing the interoperability of intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) beyond the protocol level.

Typhoon HIL is a hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation platform that can be used to test and validate substation automation systems. It supports the IEC 61850 standard through a variety of components, including:

  • SV Setup: This component defines the common SV protocol settings.
  • SV Publisher: This component publishes sampled values to the network.
  • SV Subscriber: This component subscribes to sampled values from the network.
  • PTP synchronization is available through the same Ethernet port used for the SV protocol.
  • GOOSE Publisher: This component publishes GOOSE messages to the network.
  • GOOSE Subscriber: This component subscribes to GOOSE messages from the network.
  • MMS Server: This component implements the MMS protocol. MMS protocol is implemented through MMS Server inside the Typhoon HIL toolchain.

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These components can be used to create a realistic simulation of a substation automation system. This can be used to test and validate the system's functionality, performance, and interoperability.

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Here are some of the benefits of using IEC 61850 for digital substations in the Typhoon HIL toolchain:

  • Improved interoperability: IEC 61850 is an open standard, which means that it can be used by different vendors of substation automation devices. This can help to improve the interoperability of these devices and make it easier to integrate them into a substation automation system.
  • Increased flexibility: IEC 61850 provides a flexible framework for communication between substation devices. This can be used to support a variety of applications, such as protection, control, and monitoring.
  • Enhanced security: IEC 61850 includes security features that can help to protect substation automation systems from cyberattacks.
  • Reduced costs: IEC 61850 can help to reduce the costs of substation automation systems by simplifying the integration of devices from different vendors.

The Typhoon HIL toolchain can be used to create a realistic simulation of a substation automation system that uses IEC 61850. This can help you to test and validate the system's functionality, performance, and interoperability.

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