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ABB has introduced a new smart substation control and protection for electrical systems. The SSC600 builds on the Relion protection and control family, and centralises all protection and control functionality in a single, IEC 61850-compliant device on substation level.

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SSC600 offers extensive application coverage with a single device for station-wide visibility, minimal engineering, easy and cost-efficient process management, and advanced life cycle management for the digital substation, ABB says. The SSC600’s advanced connectivity capabilities enable seamless integration with additional services, such as remote diagnostics, asset management and upgrade services.

“SSC600 offers a fast, easy and cost-effective way to provide an existing substation with the latest technological developments within protection and control, while leaving the existing relays as backup protection. New installations will conveniently only need bay-level merging units in addition to SSC600. Adding a second SSC600 device will create a centralized protection and control solution with full redundancy,” says Alessandro Palin, Managing Director of ABB’s Distributions Solutions business.

The modular software allows customisation at the initial ordering stage and flexible modification for the lifetime of the digital substation. Palin adds that the SSC600 is ready to evolve alongside the grid to adapt to changing protection requirements. “Continuous access to new software developments guarantees an always up-to-date substation system. The advantage of only having to modify one device instead of all bay-level protection and control devices makes upgrading the entire substation system easier than ever.”

The largest distribution system operator in Finland, Caruna, installed the SSC600 in its substation in Noormarkku. “SSC600 represents a modern and cost-effective way to detect, locate and isolate faults for the benefit of our customers. SSC600 also provides a convenient platform for creating new functionality to meet future requirements,” says Sauli Antila, Head of Network Development at Caruna.

“The ability to monitor and control the great variety of substation devices with one single device via a centralised human-machine interface (HMI) translates into increased situational awareness and easy access to valuable power distribution process information.”

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