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Distribution Automation

By Phill Feltham

A growing requirement for electrical grids


The concept of distribution automation came into play in the 1970s, after the need to enhance power-system reliability and efficiency saw the distribution system becoming increasingly automated. The main purpose was to utilize emerging information and communication technology to enhance the operating performance of distribution systems.

The increased interest in distribution automation is due to the emergence of new technologies, particularly measuring devices and sensors, communication equipment, and advanced computing and power electronics equipment, as well as new control and protection ideas.

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