IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) has approved two new projects that are expected to produce standards to help improve smart grid fault management and other functionality.

Designed to develop future standardization of phasor data concentrators (PDCs), the projects include IEEE PC37.247 Standard for Phasor Data Concentrators for Power Systems and IEEE PC37.248 Guide for Common Format for Naming Intelligent Electronic Devices.

IEEE-SA strategic technology program director Bill Ash said the availability of standards to assist in location of faults on an electric grid is vital to the industry’s forward progress.

"The future standards from these two projects are intended to help electric utilities with commonality among naming structures, formats and conventions," Ash added.

"The standards that apply to the smart grid with intelligent electronic devices and many others all require the same naming convention to accurately identify and comprehend the data collected from PDCs."

IEEE Phasor Data Concentrators Power Systems Working Group chair Vasudev Gharpure said, "This project provides the requirements for what functions PDCs must perform and how it should perform them, which is the purpose of our working group."

Specifically, IEEE PC37.247 aims to enhance interoperability of devices, systems and applications that use synchrophasors and other synchronized data by standardizing requirements for PDCs.

The standard will primarily handle data aggregation, processing of synchrophasors and other synchronized data, handling of commands, performance and testing.