Protection & Controls Qualifications

Quanta Technology’s expertise in the area of T&D system protection, control and communication solutions can greatly benefit utilities and their customers by improving reliability, adding flexibility, and increasing security of the grid and its equipment in a cost-effective manner. Specifically, the services we provide in the area of T&D system protection, control and communications include:

• Protective relaying methods and application in depth.
• Relay product and vendor offerings and evaluation.
• Communications systems and equipment for protection of transmission and distribution lines.
• Data communications for system/substation and enterprise integration including Ethernet networking.
• System/substation integration for SCADA, EMS, and enterprise users using communications, RTUs, host devices, concentrators, and substation servers.
• Communications protocols for system/substation integration including services of IEC 61850.
• Enterprise integration of information extracted from relay and intelligent electronic device (IED) data describing power apparatus measurements and events.
• NERC and regional reliability organization (RRO) standards – technical requirements and documentation for protection system maintenance, reliability and redundancy, disturbance monitoring equipment and methods, generator coordination, and other standards in effect or under development.
• Power system modeling and relay testing, including real time digital simulator (RTDS) testing.
• Wide-area protection coordination requirements, performance modeling, and software tools including Aspen OneLiner and CAPE.
• Power system and equipment studies and software – PSS/E and other tools.
• Synchrophasor technology and applications for wide area observation and recording, control, and protection.
• Distributed energy resource (DER) and renewable energy resources (RER) integration and impact on protection, automation and control.
• Industry practices benchmarking, condition assessment and on-site data collection.
• Conducting on-site seminars with multidisciplinary utility teams for instruction in basic principles and new technology, and for information gathering to support development of new programs, designs, and technical strategies.
• Development of technical roadmaps in light of the specific situation at the client utility, industry and technology trends, and management of risk in a multistep migration to new approaches.
• Implementation support – development of specifications, requests for proposals, and proposal assessment and vendor selection.
• Implementation support – owner’s engineer oversight of suppliers, installations, and testing.
• Development of documentation and test plans for operations, maintenance, and regulatory compliance.