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Bringing Together Leading Industry Experts to Discuss and Share Experiences and Perspectives on the Importance of Synchrophasor Testing and Conformity

Lloyd Green
Marketing Director, IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP)
Tel: +1 732 465-6664

Anurag Srivastava
Assistant professor and Director of the Smart Grid Demonstration and Research Investigation Laboratory (SGDRIL), School of Engineering and Computer Science
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PISCATAWAY, NJ, 8 March 2012 — The IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) and Washington State University through its Smart Grid Demonstration and Research Investigation lab (SGDRIL), announced they are to host the inaugural conference for synchrophasor testing, validation and certification for the smart grid on Friday, March 16, 2012 from 8 AM to 5 PM at Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, WA. Industry leaders representing the synchrophasor community will provide presentations and product demonstrations on new concepts, challenges and opportunities for the synchrophasor market.

Speakers include phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) manufacturer representatives, as well as leading synchrophasor researchers, IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP), Washington State University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Virginia Tech. An innovative calibration technology used in synchrophasor calibration will also be featured. The conference will also include a tour of the synchrophasor testing lab at WSU.

This one-day conference will focus on the IEEE C37.118 standard for synchronized phasor measurement (synchrophasors) systems in power environments and will address the need to aid utility engineers and managers to become familiar with testing and validation of the synchrophasor devices. The need for testing, validation, and certification as well as the existing approaches and standards will be discussed.

“We are excited to be co-sponsoring the first synchrophasor conference focused on testing and validation of synchrophasor devices for the next-generation smart grid,” commented Peter Lefkin, Director, ICAP. “This conference is an important milestone for the wider adoption of synchrophasors and their testing methodologies. The continued deployment of these devices plays a critical role in shaping electricity management. ICAP is working with the syncrophasor ecosystem to develop a test and certification program to support this important technology.”

Synchrophasors play an increasingly significant role in helping the power grid to run more efficiently. Synchrophasors at power substations measure electric signals several times a second. The data is synchronized by a GPS unit and time-stamped, and then reported back to grid control centers. Accurately timing and syncing this data, provides operators with the ability to respond to fluctuating demands in electricity, maximize efficiency, and to accurately diagnose problems as they occur. This is due in part to the intelligent management systems providing real-time notification on the health of the system. Synchrophasors also aid in the smooth addition of diverse, renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, to the electric power grid.

In 2011, WSU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ICAP to jointly research and develop a standards-based, Smart Grid related test program, which focuses on IEEE C37.118 syncrophasor performance, accuracy and testing. Synchrophasor technology promises to greatly enhance the transmission planning, design and operations of the smart grid. The IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) is collaborating with WSU in the development of the syncrophasor program.

“WSU has a long history of playing a leadership and collaborative role with the power industry. Now we’re bringing our important work in smart grid technology to utilities around the country,” says Behrooz Shirazi, Huie-Rogers Chair Professor and Director of the WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. “By helping to develop a more efficient and better electric power grid, WSU will have an impact on the lives of every Washington State resident who uses electricity.”

This one-day conference is sponsored by WSU’s Power Engineering Program in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP), and WSU’s newly formed Energy Systems Innovations (ESI) Center. For information, and to register, go to the workshop website. external link

About Washington State University’s Smart Grid Demonstration Laboratory
The electric power system is moving towards the Smart Grid (SG) development for improved reliable, secure and economic operation. Implementation of such a system requires development, enhanced testing and validation of Smart Grid technologies. Objective of Smart Grid Demonstration and Research Investigation Lab (SGDRIL) is focused on development, testing and validation of these algorithms as well as testing of devices at generation, transmission, distribution, and at home network level.

About IEEE Conformity Assessment Program
The IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) - a joint initiative of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO) - provides programs and industry support that help bridge those standards development activities with the conformity assessment activities that accelerate market acceptance and enablement of new products and technologies. The foundation of ICAP activities is based on industry best practices, internationally accepted quality systems and use of proven test tools. Fostering the market acceptance, adoption and implementation of standardized technologies; ICAP spans the spectrum of today’s smart grid, information and communications technologies. To find out more about ICAP, visit the ICAP website. external link