Proper Substation Configuration & Design – A Key to Substation Safety

Learn why proper substation configuration and design is vital to the safety and success of your substation.


Proper substation configuration

The main components of proper substation configuration according to Marvin M. of Electrical Installation and Energy Efficiency, are as follows:

  • Type of switching system
  • Key plan including location of key components & interconnections
  • Substation equipment selection
  • Licensing and permitting

In order to achieve proper efficiency and safety, these four categories of configuration must be addressed. Once these are properly addressed, engineers will be able to move forward, choosing from the suitable technologies available to create the best design.

Designs that promote substation safety

Proper substation design directly cuts maintenance time, which in turn lessens the amount of time engineers and other personnel have to spend in high-risk substation areas. A well-designed substation may even reduce the need for certain PPE (personal protection equipment).

Options for substation design

Remote monitoring:

This form of design increases safety standards by decreasing personnel contact with substation equipment.

Installing an integrated control system:

This will consolidate load demand information to one section, allowing for easier maintenance and monitoring.

Automated systems:

These will create automated responses to problems within the substation, even activating safety mechanisms in response to on-site issues.

Using these designs can help you avoid common safety hazards and system failures that have led to serious injuries, even deaths.

So create a safe work environment from the start! Configure and design your substation to be an efficient and low-hazard workplace.