Areva contributes to smart grid research

Bethseda, Md., September 28, 2009 — Areva’s Transmission and Distribution division recently announced that it will supply intelligent electronic devices to important smart grid research by the U.S.-based Electric Power Research Institute.

Reinforcing its ongoing commitment to smart grid development, Areva T&D will provide EPRI with thirteen different IEDs, to be used in the Institute’s labs to be located at existing facilities in Knoxville, Tenn., Charlotte, N.C., and Lenox, Mass.

The devices will facilitate EPRI’s work on issues related to implementing the smart grid, and will include IEDs for distance protection, transformer protection, line current differential management, feeder management, phasor measurement and GPS time synchronization.

The three EPRI sites are acting as simulated substations. The devices provided by Areva T&D, as well as by other companies, will be used to simulate a Smart Grid so that various scenarios and tests can be run: EPRI researchers, working jointly with utilities, Areva T&D and other companies, will study a variety of realistic smart grid situations and capabilities, including IEC 61850 process and station bus, wide-area Syncrophasor Measurement Unit, wide-area communications challenges for transmission-class protection schemes and other geography-induced issues. The results will be shared with utilities across North America.

“The goal of this project is to provide a test bed for new ideas to address the challenges facing the Smart Grid,” noted Paul Myrda, Technical Executive at EPRI. “Ultimately, we expect to couple this facility with our existing “Ëœliving lab’ that primarily deals with end-user devices and with our “ËœSensor’ lab that is focused on asset health assessment.”

“The proposed Areva T&D IED solutions for the EPRI study will demonstrate how utilities can achieve higher network stability and increased energy efficiency from a properly-equipped smarter grid.” said Jean-Michel Cornille, Executive Vice President of AREVA T&D’s Automation business. “We are delighted to be working with the Electric Power Research Institute on a project that will help make smarter grids a reality,” he added.

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