in News Departments
print the content item

Full Spectrum Inc., developer of the FullMAX wide area network technology, has released a new version of its wireless communications software that supports the utility industry's IEC 61850 Generic Object Oriented Substation Event (GOOSE) protocol.

The protocol is designed to reduce the scope and impact of power outages by implementing instantaneous and intelligent switching decisions without human intervention. With IEC 61850 intelligent devices along the distribution grid, sensors can isolate faults and reroute power almost immediately.

To date, IEC 61850 has been deployed primarily at electric utility substations over high-capacity fiber connections. The challenge, Full Spectrum says, has been to operate the low-latency protocol over wireless infrastructure.

Full Spectrum's IEC 61850 wireless support includes custom compression and quality-of-service algorithms to address this challenge. Also, the software allows IEC 61850 to be pushed deep into the distribution electric grid, where wired infrastructure is not cost-effective to install and maintain, says the company.

Full Spectrum will first implement the upgraded software along a remote distribution line that serves commercial and industrial users, including a hospital complex. The rapid switching will help reduce the frequency of outages, which can be especially disruptive to medical facilities that maintain sophisticated and costly diagnostic and life support equipment, the company notes.


Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Latest Top Stories

Grid-Scale Energy Storage Continues Making Inroads

A new report from Navigant Research highlights the biggest markets and most popular technologies for grid-scale energy storage.


Demand Response And Renewables Help SDG&E Tackle Record-Breaking Heat Wave

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) recorded peak demand records last week and relied heavily on energy conservation, as well as imported wind and solar power, to keep the lights on.


Report: Utility-Scale Renewables Keep Getting Cheaper

A new study suggests the levelized costs of energy of utility-scale wind and solar power are catching up with those of traditional sources, even without subsidies.


Duke Energy Commits $500M To Major Solar Expansion In N.C.

The utility company says the investment will help further diversify its portfolio, as well as increase solar power for its North Carolina customers by 60%.


Sensus Issues Refund To SaskPower After Smart Meter Woes

As SaskPower continues to swap out its Sensus units following several meter failures, the two companies have reached an agreement in order for the utility to recover costs.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
S&C Electric_id176
Future Energy_id187
edf_id180