Elipse Software has received today the conformance certificate of its IEC 61850 solution, whose test procedures were performed by DNV-KEMA in the Netherlands in March 2013.
This is an important step to consolidate Elipse’s portfolio as a global supplier of software solutions for energy substations and operation centers, which spans local substation HMI´s, gateways and protocol converters, and 24×7 operation centers for generation, transmission and distribution companies.
The tests were performed during a week period at Arnhem – NL, and comprise an analysis of the standard related documents, and the tests themselves, divided into conformance blocks. Each block contains both mandatory and optional tests. Elipse Power and its communication driver IEC 61850 were approved in all submitted tests.
According to Marcelo Salvador, Elipse Business Director and responsible for test application, the whole procedure was a success: “KEMA engineers have congratulated us in two ways. First, for the record time we spent for the testing, because it took us only four days to pass through all items, using the last day to redo some selected tests. Secondly, for being one of the few companies that have not used third-party software, also known as “protocol-stack”, which makes Elipse Software the sole intellectual proprietor of this solution”.
Since DNV KEMA is an independent laboratory, their certificate is said to be level “A”. Companies which use their own labs (therefore non-independent) can only emit level “B” certificates, as long as they are pre-approved by UCAIug.
DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, with more than 2,300 experts in over 30 countries around the world, is committed to driving the global transition toward a safe, reliable, efficient, and clean energy future. With a heritage of nearly 150 years, they specialize in providing world-class, innovative solutions in the fields of business and technical consultancy, testing, inspections and certification, risk management, and verification.
DNV KEMA is the only entity approved by UCAIug (Utilities Communication Architecture – International Users Group) to apply IEC 61850 client conformance testing. UCAIug, in turn, is a non-profit organization focused on assisting users and vendors in the deployment of standards for real-time applications for several industries with related requirements, notably the ones derived of IEC TC 57 – Power Systems Management and Associated Information Exchange. The certificates of all IEC 61850 solutions are emitted by UCAIug.