1pm – Centralized Protection (Virtualized)


Centralized Protection is a key element in the future of electrical energy distribution systems. The Centralized Protection concept, at the MV distribution level, presents many operational advantages and is inherently safe. It is based on the combination of technologies such as current and voltage sensors and IEC 61850 incorporated into modern numerical IEDs. When these technologies are combined in an optimal way the advantages of digital switchgear include increased safety, space, weight and energy savings, flexibility towards changing load flows, the ability to handle last minute load changes more easily, quicker delivery times and the possibility of late customization.
In this presentation, we will cover the concept and characteristics of Centralized Protection and contrast it with conventional protection. The focus will be on the engineering and architecture of centralized protection. The session will also cover virtualization-based protection and control and including architectures.


Robert Patterson

Technical Solutions Manager
US Digital Systems Center – ABB

Rob started his career as a field engineer and has over 30 years of experience with Power Systems, Automation applications and Design of Digital Architectures. He has designed many first of a kind solutions around Power Systems, Automation & Control, virtualization, and Cloud architectures. His engineering team consists of 25+ engineers located within the US Digital Systems Centers located in Pittsburgh, PA and Lake Mary, FL. & Chicago, IL

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  • Room 101
     April 17, 2024
     1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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