ADI and CEPRI Collaborate to Improve Reliability of Smart Substations

November 30, 2016 by Jeff Shepard

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) today announced a collaboration with the China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) to improve reliability of smart substations, the "nerve centers" of modern electrical grids. New electronics and sensor technologies are enabling resilient and flexible grids to meet the evolving needs of how energy is generated, distributed and consumed. The ADI-CEPRI team will engage in joint laboratory and field research to drive innovations advancing the reliability of smart substations.

ADI has a long history of delivering innovation in many applications, including high reliability signal processing and sensing technologies for the protection, monitoring and control of electric power systems. CEPRI is a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive research institute within the State Grid Corporation of China, the largest electric utility company in the world and a leader in the adoption of smart grid technologies. CEPRI’s recognized expertise in the analysis of electrical systems, combined with ADI’s smart energy capabilities, constitute a complementary team capable of engineering solutions that solve complex grid challenges and enable the transition to the digital grid.

“Reliable electricity is the lifeblood of modern society,” said Rick Hess, executive vice president, Analog Devices. “By improving reliability in smart substations, this collaboration between ADI and CEPRI will ensure China’s utility users enjoy enhanced productivity, comfort and safety.”

“Analog Devices is a world leader in the development of high-performance, high-reliability signal processing, measurement, and sensing technologies. CEPRI has rich experience in the area of system application, testing and inspection, and power grid operation analysis,” said Jianbo Guo, president of CEPRI. “Both parties can carry out innovative and complementary cooperation. By combining the strengths of electric power systems and electronic systems, this cooperation will advance the reliability of smart substations.”

Cross-functional groups from both companies – including members of ADI’s energy systems engineering and semiconductor reliability teams, and CEPRI’s departments of high-voltage, relay protection, power automation and metrology – will identify specific reliability issues, jointly create innovative solutions, hold technical workshops, and draft international standards, all with the ultimate goal of continuing to improve the resiliency and reliability of smart substations.