Remote substation connectivity for electricity operator

24 October 2023

Westermo is set to deliver remote substation connectivity for a major European electricity operator as part of a project to integrate renewable energy into the grid and decarbonise the electricity network.

A strategic long-term framework agreement will see Westermo provide its Merlin range of rugged cellular routers, implementation and commissioning support, and the use of its Activator automated provisioning software to prepare the new data networks being implemented. 

The energy operator aims to have an initial 10,000 monitoring devices operational, gathering real-time data from the remote substations within three years. This will be used for smart grid applications, such as distribution automation, supporting their transformation to a low-carbon electricity system.

Westermo’s Merlin series routers are said to be well suited for these networking applications as they meet the requirements of the IEC 61850-3 standard for medium voltage substations, offering high levels of galvanic isolation and security. The routers also have the tools for remote provisioning, management and control. This makes networks simpler, more easily optimised, and more sustainable.

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