Siemens has introduced the Sicam A8000 modular equipment series, its new telecontrol and power grid automation system.
The combination of power supply, processor, and expansion modules can be used in substations for distribution network automation, for connecting renewable energy sources, in power supply applications or railway power supply systems.
The compact CP-8000 device comes with a power supply and a display with function keys, as well as binary inputs and outputs.
New processor and power supply modules, along with expansion modules provide scalable solutions to cater to different power requirements.
Siemens energy management division CEO Ralf Christian said: "If the transition to a new energy mix is going to succeed, the energy business needs to further digitalise its power grids. What Industrie 4.0 is to industry is increasingly becoming the Utility 4.0 for the power supply sector. We're supporting this development with our new telecontrol and grid automation system."
Based on international standards such as IEC 61850, the telecontrol and grid automation system can be operated in climatically adverse conditions due to its wide temperature range from -40°C to 70°C.
The enhanced EMC stability with a voltage of up to 5kV (IEC 60255) also enables direct application in substations.
An integrated crypto chip safeguards the data in a secure environment, IPSec encryption enables secure communication over IP networks, and an https protocol provides secure transmission of sensitive data.
The system can be used for automating several voltage levels in substations for the transmission grid.
In distribution network automation, the system monitors and controls secondary substations on the medium-voltage side in terms of fault location and automatic restoral of the power supply.