Communication requirements for future secondary substations to enable DSO functions

Kinan Ghanem, Ibrahim Abdulhadi, Ali Kazerooni, Chris McGookin

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Reliable and scalable communication technologies are required to securely integrate and utilise the flexibility offered by different smart grid solutions. Smart secondary substations can play a critical role in enabling the flexibility services for the DSO with more monitoring and control functions being deployed at these substations. However, there are a number of challenges associated with the deployment and integration of communications to enable future DSO functions. This paper defines the key requirements for future secondary substation communications and provides a number of recommendations to address future operator needs. A case study related to the deployment of a Smart Transformer for better utilisation of network assets and voltage regulation is presented to illustrate the applicability of aforementioned requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2020
EventCIRED Workshop 2020 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 22 Sep 202023 Sep 2020


ConferenceCIRED Workshop 2020
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  • communication technologies
  • network technologies
  • smart grid
  • LV distribution
  • DSO functions
  • communication requirements

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