September 21, 2022
Conference Paper

Model-based interface design for smart field-device integration


Operational complexity is ever-increasing for electric utilities that face challenges including integration of DERs, customer expectation of energy choices, the proliferation of non-utility-owned resources, new business models with energy service providers, and new technology with IT/OT convergence. To maintain and improve the quality of operations, planning, and decision-making in general, utilities need to manage and navigate the complexity. Managing complexity requires a modular, scalable, and flexible solution. Connecting large amounts of DERs and introducing new services requires increased grid control and evolving applications. In this paper, we show an approach utilizing model-based standardized interfaces that simplifies integration and deployment of new algorithms and smart field devices for interoperability across legacy or new systems. A modular design is presented for a reference implementation of widely used DNP3 and IEEE 2030.5 interfaces within an open-source, standards-based data integration platform for integration of smart field devices with independently developed, best-of-breed applications.

Published: September 21, 2022


Sharma P., A. Riepnieks, A.P. Reiman, A. Singh, R.B. Melton, J.P. Ogle, and C.H. Allwardt. 2022. Model-based interface design for smart field-device integration. In IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference (REPC 2022), April 5-8, 2022, Savanah, GA, 31-37. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-170776. doi:10.1109/REPEC55671.2022.00014

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