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Report shows many smart grid substations ready for automation

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Monday, May 23, 2011

There are hundreds of thousands of power substations around the world that would be good candidates for automation.

Market research publisher SBI Energy said in its report, "The Global Substation Automation Products Market" that more than 228,650 such facilities across the globe could be automated with relative ease.

According to a release, there are three aspects of substation automation: retrofitting old stations, building new ones and designing future technologies.

Retrofitting older substations for automation involves installing modern communication protocols. An emphasis is placed on using wireless and fiber communication in such facilities.

Darren Bosik, an analyst at SBI, said that there are a variety of different technologies in substations around the world.

"Because the substation industry has approached standardization of protocols, products, and processes in a highly fractionated manner, many nations have neither yet adopted standards for communication protocols nor implemented requirements for the manufacturing and installation of substation products and technologies," he explained.

As countries begin to automate their substations, they will likely want to ensure that they implement strong smart grid security protocols as such systems may be vulnerable to attack. 

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