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AREVA T&D Contributes to U.S. Smart Grid Research by Providing Innovative Intelligent Electronic Devices

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September 28, 2009

September 28, 2009 

AREVA’s Transmission and Distribution (T&D) division recently announced that it will supply intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) to important Smart Grid research by the U.S.-based Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI).

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 (PMU), wide-area communications challenges for transmission-class protection schemes and other geography-induced issues. The results will be shared with utilities across North America.


Jarret Adams
Phone: +1 (306) 343-4637
Email: jarret.adams@areva.com

Véronique Larlham
Phone: +1 (306) 343-4503
Email: veronique.larlham@areva.com