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The 21st Century Substation Design
The 21st Century Substation Design (On photo: ABB’s Standalone power transmission substation system of 66kV High Voltage. It is part of a substation bay that transforms 66kV High Voltage to lower useable voltages in mining, industrial and utility applications)

Substation role in the power system

An electrical substation is a part of an electricity generation, transmission and distribution system where voltage is transformed from high to low or in reverse using transformers. It also serves as a point of connection between various power system elements such as transmission lines, transformers, generators and loads.

To allow for flexibility in connecting the elements, circuit breakers are used as high power switches.

Electric power may flow through several substations between generating plant and consumer, and may be changed in voltage in several steps.

There are different kinds of substation such as Transmission substation, distribution substation, collector substation, switching substation and some other types of substation.

The general functions of a substation may include:

  1. Voltage transformation
  2. Connection point for transmission lines
  3. Switchyard for network configuration
  4. Monitoring point for control center
  5. Protection of power lines and apparatus
  6. Communication with other substations and regional control center

General criteria for substation design

For the substation development to reach its technical and economical potentials, the focus has moved now to studying how substations may enable more intelligence in the network, which is labeled the “smart grid” development.

Different criteria for the 21st century substation design
Figure 1 – Different criteria for the 21st century substation design

It has been concluded that the 21st century substation design should meet the following improved criteria: reliability, security, interoperability, re-configurability, controllability, maintainability, flexibility, reduced cost and environmental impact. An estimate of the importance of the different criteria is shown in Figure 1.

The four major criteria commonly emphasized by substation designers are: reliability, cost, operational flexibility and environment impact.

Title:The 21st Century Substation Design – PSerc, Power Systems Engineering Research Center
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3 Comments


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    Jan 19, 2016

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    Jan 23, 2014

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    Jan 20, 2014

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