Power and automation group ABB has completed its first commercial substation automation system for Australian utility company, Powerlink.

The system was installed using bus technology at Loganlea, a substation serving south-east Queensland.

The technology enables current and voltage measurements to be transmitted to protection and control devices through a fiber-optic communication network.

It also supports the integration of non-conventional instrument transformers, bringing performance improvements and reductions in cost and space requirements.

ABB Network Management business unit head, Jens Birgersson, said: "With demand for electricity growing fast, Queensland needs to further build on long-term, cost-effective solutions for its power system.

"By upgrading the substation with advanced automation and the latest communications standards, we will help Powerlink to fulfill its strategy well into the future."

Image: ABB’s automation technology is designed to transmit voltage measurements and cut costs. Photo: courtesy of ABB.