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Energies 2016, 9(3), 204; doi:10.3390/en9030204

Tunneling Horizontal IEC 61850 Traffic through Audio Video Bridging Streams for Flexible Microgrid Control and Protection

Technology Futures Institute, Teesside University, Borough Road, Middlesbrough TS1 3BA, UK
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Received: 12 January 2016 / Revised: 11 February 2016 / Accepted: 7 March 2016 / Published: 16 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microgrids 2016)
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In this paper, it is argued that some low-level aspects of the usual IEC 61850 mapping to Ethernet are not well suited to microgrids due to their dynamic nature and geographical distribution as compared to substations. It is proposed that the integration of IEEE time-sensitive networking (TSN) concepts (which are currently implemented as audio video bridging (AVB) technologies) within an IEC 61850 / Manufacturing Message Specification framework provides a flexible and reconfigurable platform capable of overcoming such issues. A prototype test platform and bump-in-the-wire device for tunneling horizontal traffic through AVB are described. Experimental results are presented for sending IEC 61850 GOOSE (generic object oriented substation events) and SV (sampled values) messages through AVB tunnels. The obtained results verify that IEC 61850 event and sampled data may be reliably transported within the proposed framework with very low latency, even over a congested network. It is argued that since AVB streams can be flexibly configured from one or more central locations, and bandwidth reserved for their data ensuring predictability of delivery, this gives a solution which seems significantly more reliable than a pure MMS-based solution. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart grid; micro grid; IEC 61850; audio video bridging (AVB); telecontrol and teleprotection smart grid; micro grid; IEC 61850; audio video bridging (AVB); telecontrol and teleprotection
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Short, M.; Abugchem, F.; Dawood, M. Tunneling Horizontal IEC 61850 Traffic through Audio Video Bridging Streams for Flexible Microgrid Control and Protection. Energies 2016, 9, 204.

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