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UU 205: IEEE 1547-2018 Interoperability: Accelerating DER Integration

Jan 25, 2022
C147, First Level
Utility University

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COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of this course is to educate utility, regulator, and vendor decision-makers and implementers on the new IEEE 1547.1 Interoperability requirements (section 10 in IEEE 1547-2018); help the audience understand what is/is not included in certified UL 1741 SB products vis-à-vis interoperability; provide guidance on the implications of the new Interoperability requirement for utilities, regulators and vendors; and to suggest strategies for leveraging the game-changing inverter technology.     

This course describes the fundamental challenges in integrating inverter-based DERs into grid operations and the significant changes being implemented by inverter vendors to enable more scalable interoperability between all systems in the Grid-DER management infrastructure.

The course is aimed at those decision-makers and implementers working on short-term and long-term strategic plans for scaling DER integration into grid operations.  The understanding and adoption of standard communications protocols for inverter-based communications are critical to success. 

Who should attend:  

The course is aimed at senior executives, product managers, engineers, software developers, system architects, and IT professionals who are planning to (or in the process of) design, integrate, or maintain a scalable DER communications infrastructure using standard communication protocols.  

Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications:

Attendees should have a working knowledge of DER products and capabilities as defined by IEEE 1547-2018.   Experience with DER interconnection requirements and management of DERs would be beneficial but not required.  Experience in the field is probably more important as a pre-requisite than specific degrees or certifications.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

The course will cover a high-level view of the following topics. Workshop attendees should gain significant knowledge about the following: 

  • Use cases for DER and examples used in the course. 
  • Communications deployment architectures for DER communications. 
  • Messaging requirements for select DER communications applications. 
  • Introduction to the 3 named communications protocols in IEEE 1547-2018: SunSpec Modbus, IEEE 2030.5, and DNP3. 
  • Comparison of protocols and assessment against DER messaging requirements. 
  • What is/is not included in UL 1741 SB certification. 
  • UL 1741 SB and protocol certifications for SunSpec Modbus, IEEE 2030.5 and DNP3 
  • Guidance for specifying interoperable communications for DER integration applications that leverage IEEE-1547

TAKEAWAYS:

  1. What the Interoperability requirements in IEEE 1547-2018 are and their significance to the industry. 
  2. Why the specific protocols are included in IEEE 1547-2018 and what is the best application for each. 
  3. What is the testing process in IEEE 1547.1-2020 and what are the limitations to the interoperability requirements and conformance testing. 
  4. How the new IEEE 1547-2018 interoperability capabilities can help with utility DER integration challenges.    
Speakers
James Mater, GM, Smart Grid - QualityLogic, Inc.
Ben Ealey, Manager, Info and Comm Tech for DER Integration - EPRI
Babak Enayati, Manager, DG Standards and New Technology - National Grid