KEPCO and QualityLogic Announce Worldwide Distribution Agreement for IEC 61850 Test Tools
DistribuTECH Booth #4013, San Diego, CA February 03, 2015
Today at DistribuTECH, the Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO) and QualityLogic signed an historic agreement that names QualityLogic the first worldwide distributor of the KEPCO IEC 61850 test tools. The two companies have been working together for three years to make commercial-quality IEC 61850 test tools available to the industry. The tools ensure interoperability of substation automation products that communicate using the IEC 61850 standard.
Under the agreement, QualityLogic will distribute:
- the KEPCO-developed IEC 61850 Client Conformance Test System based on the UCA Client Conformance Test Specification V1.1, and
- a Virtual Server product that facilitates Client development and test.
“KEPCO is strategically focused on leading the world in implementing the IEC 61850 standard by using the standard to update all of our substations. In the process, we are developing an eco-system of vendors offering interoperable IEC 61850 products, and our R&D organization has developed a set of test tools to fill a gap in the offerings from the industry,” said Choi In-gyu, Vice President of Research at KEPCO. “QualityLogic, a well-respected leader in smart grid test tools and services, was our first choice for a partner to distribute and support customers for these tools.”
“QualityLogic’s business is developing, licensing and supporting smart grid test tools. Being able to offer our customers state-of-the-art IEC 61850 test tools moves us into a new part of the smart grid interoperability standards business and leverages our expertise and reputation,” said James Mater, GM Smart Grid at QualityLogic. “Working with KEPCO R&D, we are able to offer the industry the benefits of their man-years of investment in the tools and our own standards for quality test tools.”
The tools, available now from QualityLogic, are reasonably priced. The IEC 61850 Client Conformance Verifier is the first automated test tool to implement the Conformance Test Procedures for Client System with IEC 61850-8-1 interface, Edition 1. The test tool is useful for certification and pre-certification testing, as well as development engineering test for IEC 61850 Clients.
The tools can be seen in QualityLogic’s booth #4013 at DistribuTECH.
The Korea Electric Power Company is a publicly traded company (NYSE: KEP) in Hanguk Jeollyeok Gongsa, South Korea is the largest electric utility in South Korea, responsible for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the development of electric power projects including those in nuclear power, wind power and coal. KEPCO is responsible for 93% of Korea’s electricity generation. The South Korean government owns a 51% share of KEPCO. Together with its affiliates and subsidiaries, KEPCO has an installed capacity of 65,383 MW. On the 2011 Fortune Global 500 ranking of the world’s largest companies, KEPCO was ranked 271. KEPCO has an aggressive R&D program for smart grid technologies to improve the distribution and transmission operation of its system.
QualityLogic designs, develops and sells smart grid test tools and associated training and support services, as well as advanced testing services. The Company was selected by the OpenADR Alliance to develop the official conformance and interoperability test tool for OpenADR compliant products, partnered with KEPCO to distribute a suite of IEC 61850 test tools, and has been delivering SEP 2 conformance and interoperability test tools worldwide since 2012. QualityLogic is the testing partner for the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration, the largest project of its kind in the U.S., focused on developing and demonstrating Transactive Energy technologies. The Company also offers test and certification program consulting and services for Smart Energy technologies and web and mobile applications. QualityLogic is an active participant in Smart Grid standards activities and conferences.