Distribution Automation


Automation in Distribution

The concept of automation involves the automatic execution of tasks in a predefined order, achieved through the integration of microprocessors, communication networks, and relevant software programming. In the realm of power distribution systems, automation encompasses the automatic monitoring, protection, and control of switching operations utilizing intelligent electronic devices. These devices are designed to restore power service during faults by executing sequential events and maintaining optimal operating conditions.

With the progression of communication technology, Distribution Automation Systems (DAS) have transcended basic remote control functions, now facilitating the development of highly dependable, self-healing power systems capable of swift responses to real-time events. Automation not only replaces manual processes but also enables the power system to function optimally by utilizing accurate, timely information provided to decision-making applications and devices. According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Distribution Automation Systems are defined as systems that empower electric utilities to monitor, coordinate, and operate distribution components in real-time from remote locations.


Wi-SUN in Distribution Automation

WI-SUN FAN ensures secure and reliable communication of distribution management and automation SCADA data, enabling dynamic operation of distribution grids for enhanced service and reliability.

Enhanced recovery from storms, wildfires, floods, and other disasters is facilitated by the Wi-SUN FAN's self-healing mesh network. This network supports quick retrieval of last gasp and restoration alerts, enabling utilities to promptly assess outage impact and utilize distribution automation devices for fault identification and power restoration.

Automated voltage regulation enhances utilities' efficiency in reducing peak demands. Seamless connectivity with meters and line sensors across the distribution network minimizes losses, optimizes voltage management, and balances loads. This ensures high grid reliability, improves power quality, and meets the demands of the growing digitized industry.



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