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Our suite of services for Research Institutions includes:

  • Test Bed Designs for new Grid technologies

  • Smart Grid Lab Design and implementation support

  • Inter-agency and inter-jurisdictional Grid Modernization research programs coordination

We support the following technical areas:

 

  • SCADA/EMS/DMS/OMS

  • Advanced Distribution Automation 

  • Feeder Automation

  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Smart Metering  

  • Home Automation Systems 

  • Advanced Communication Systems

  • Distributed Energy Resources and Renewable Integration

  • Interconnectivity, Controls, Security, Safety, Performance, Reliability, and Interoperability

  • Simulation  

Projects

India: Central Power Research Institute (CPRI)

Smart Grid Testbed Project - 2016 to 2017

CPRI selected ESTA International to support the preparation of a detailed planning and procurement document for the implementation of a Smart Grid Test Bed project in Bangalore, India. The test bed consisted of a Smart Grid Technology Demonstration Center that includes integrated Interoperability Laboratory. These facilities will allow CPRI to research and perform controlled evaluations of integrated Smart Grid technologies. The new facilities supported the following features:

 

Features:

  • Advanced Distribution Automation

  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Smart Metering

  • Home Automation Systems

  • Advanced Communication Systems

  • Distributed Energy Resources and Renewable Integration

  • Interconnectivity, Controls, Security, Safety, Performance, Reliability, and Interoperability

  • Simulation

  • EMS and SCADA

  • Cyber Security 

  • Electric Transportation and Charging Systems 

These features were supported by required sub-laboratories including: 

  • Situational Awareness Lab

  • Communications and Computing Lab

  • Power Systems Lab

  • Distributed Energy Resources Lab 

  • Substation Automation Lab 

  • Distribution Automation Lab 

  • Home Area Network Lab 

  • Garage of the Future Lab

UAE: Large Utility in Dubai

Design of Operations Technology Training Center - 2014

As part of the smart grid program, ESTA International was tasked with developing a design that could be used to procure systems and equipment for implementing an Operations Technology Training Center (OTTC). The main focus was on Substation Automation (SA) training for operators and engineers from the perspective of using the monitoring and control functions available on this utility SCMS facilities including interoperation with utility's SCADA/EMS. The OTTC can also be used for training and testing with respect to this utility's substation protection schemes and the associated communications technology and standards. Via simulation and in-line device installations, this includes the interoperability, configuration, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of substation IEDs and their associated communications networks. In this respect, it is possible to conduct training and testing at the SCADA, Station, Bay, and individual IED levels.

Description of Services:

  • Conduct a thorough assessment of utility's existing systems, business processes, power system operations, Smart Grid strategies, and on-going Smart Grid initiatives on the basis of which a gap analysis and associated research and development identified desired future Smart Grid states and corresponding technology solutions along with roadmaps for implementation that included specific procurement and implementation plans, technical specifications, training goals, and budgets.

USA: Large Utility in Southern California

Development of Smart Grid Power Line Carrier Laboratory - 2012 to 2012

ESTA International designed and built a PLC Laboratory Testbed for testing PLC HomePlug technology for Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs), and for communications between Electrical Vehicles (EV) and Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) for a major US utility.

 

Description of Services:

  • Development of use cases

  • Identification of requirements

  • Development of tests

  • Development of Test Harnesses 

  • Training the staff 

USA: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Smart Grid Electric Energy Consumption (Smart Meter) Test Facility Project - 2010 to 2011

ESTA International was contracted by NIST to design a Smart Meter Test Facility at the NIST complex in Maryland, USA. 

Description of Services:

  • Identifying the desired features of Smart Meters

  • Identifying the necessary tests to confirm functionality

  • Identifying the needed test equipment

  • Identifying the design/layout of the facility

  • Identifying the development of comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures

 

The scope of work required ESTA to

  • Develop test criteria

  • Research, define, and identify reliable and accurate tests

  • Develop design plan

  • Develop implementation plan

  • Recommend training programs

  • Develop Operational Manual/Standard Operating Procedures

USA: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Smart Meter Lab Design and Synchrophasor Lab Enhancements - 2010 to 2011

ESTA International was contracted by NIST to provide support in Smart Meter Lab Design and Synchrophasor Lab Enhancement.

 

Synchrophasor Lab Enhancement Support:

  • Development of requirements for Phasor Data Concentrators (PDCs), Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU)-PDC, and PDC-PDC communications methods

  • Further development of the SynchroMetrology testbed for enhanced capabilities, including development of requirements, testing and certification approaches for PMUs and PDCs, and testing of protocols in support of SynchroMetrology standards and development of interoperability tests 

  • Harmonization of relevant standards (IEEE C37.118 and IEC 61850, and DNP3.0 and IEC 61850) in support  of NIST Priority Action Plan 12 - DNP3 Mapping to 61850 Objects and Priority Action Plan 13 - Harmonization of IEEE C37.118 and IEC 61850.

 

Design of Smart Meter Test Facilities Support:

  • Identifying the desired features of Smart Meters

  • Identifying the necessary tests to confirm functionality

  • Identifying the needed test equipment

  • Identifying the design/layout of the facility

  • Identifying the development of comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures for the Laboratory
     

The scope of work required ESTA to

  • Develop test criteria

  • Research, define, and identify reliable and accurate tests 

  • Develop design plan 

  • Develop implementation plan 

  • Recommend training programs 

  • Develop operational manual/standard operating procedures

USA: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

International Smart Grid Coordination Support Project - 2011 to 2012

NIST awarded a contract to ESTA International to support International Smart Grid Coordination.

 

Description of Services: 

  • Reviews of International Smart Grid documents and provide a written analysis

  • Providing market research and other information on International Smart Grid activities, including, but not limited to, status, economic drivers, barriers, components and challenges, as well as meetings, conferences and other events, also providing observations and recommendations for NIST involvement in these activities

  • Participation in discussions with NIST staff concerning International Smart Grid activity

USA: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Smart Grid Sensors and Measurement Needs Project - 2012 to 2013

ESTA International was awarded a contract to help NIST with a Smart Grid Sensor and Measurement Technology project. ESTA provided all support for project oversight, equipment, administration, and technical execution covering efforts to support NIST research. 

 

Description of Services:

  • Reviewing the current sensors in use in the industry

  • Identifying potential future sensors needed to support Smart Grid

  • Suggesting possible research areas for NIST to undertake in this area
     

The technologies examined included those based on optical, conventional electrical, micro-electromechanical machines (MEMs), and other methods. Focus was on measurements of electrical quantities (voltage, current, power, and energy), and in particular, the most pressing needs widely acknowledged by utilities.

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