Munich/Seoul (Pressweb) - The international technical services provider TÜV SÜD and state-owned Korea Testing Laboratory (KTL) plan to cooperate closely over IEC 61850 implementation in the future. The two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect in Munich. The international IEC 61850 standard provides the basis for communication in smart grids.
To drive the expansion of renewable energies throughout the world, power grids need to be modernised. One key prerequisite for integrating the various systems into the grids is the interoperability of the individual devices and complete systems. The IEC 61850 standard is increasingly being accepted as the gold standard for communication between intelligent electronic devices (IED) used in the different domains of a smart grid (generation, transmission, distribution, photovoltaic, wind, electrical vehicle, storage, smart home).
TÜV SÜD and KTL plan to cooperate in the future to support the manufacturers of systems and devices with the implementation of the IEC 61850 standard. The cooperation covers conformity assessment and certification in accordance with the IEC 61850 standard, training and advisory services on all issues related to smart grids. To this end, TÜV SÜD will support its Korean partner in the establishment of an IEC 61850 testing laboratory that is to obtain Level A accreditation. Both partners will carry out tests and issue certificates that can be used by system and device manufacturers to prove that their products are in conformity with communication standards.
"The cooperation between TÜV SÜD and KTL in this important future technology is a further proof that the IEC 61850 is gaining acceptance as an international communication standard for smart grids", says Maurizio Scavazzon, Global Product Manager Communication Protocols, Embedded Systems, TÜV SÜD AG.
“Manufacturers can use our tests and certificates to furnish evidence that their products are in conformity with the IEC 61850 standard. This will ensure transparency and contribute positively to the development of the market as a whole", explains Yong Deuck Lee, General Manager Korean Testing Laboratory (KTL).