But, can a power plant be smart? Smartness is the ability to understand and solve problems. If we manage to get the components of a power substation to, for example, exchange information with one another and with the exterior in order to operate better and prevent incidents from occurring, we would be contributing towards achieving a smart power grid.
Power stations are a key element in the distribution grid, enabling the power supply to reach our homes and businesses. For years they have operated with the same technology: a reliable and robust technology, but one that would benefit from the advances of the digital era.
This is the aim of the 3S-CS Project (Standardization-Security-Synchronization Connected Substation): to develop new solutions that enable power substations to join the digital world in order to improve the efficiency and safety of the facilities.
Endesa Distribución, Schneider Electric and Integrasys are working together on this initiative, which focuses on the use of an IP network, wireless communications and the internet of things to obtain a “predictive" maintenance tool to remotely manage power substations. This means that, by improving access to information provided by the facilities’ components, possible faults can be prevented before they occur.