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Feeder Protection Relay

The SEL-751 is the right solution for industrial and utility feeder protection, with flexible I/O options, easy mounting, and fast settings.

The SEL-751 provides complete protection for radial and looped distribution circuits. It offers arc-flash mitigation, fault locating, event analysis, and more. You can quickly integrate the relay into serial- or Ethernet-based communications with IEC 61850 Edition 2, IEC 60870-5-103, the IEC 62439 Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP), EtherNet/IP, the IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP), Modbus, DNP3, and other protocols.

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$1,040 USD

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Feeder Protection—Protect radial and looped distribution circuits with comprehensive protection capabilities, including time-overcurrent, directional overcurrent, autoreclosing, over-/undervoltage, frequency, second- and fifth-harmonic blocking, optional low-energy analog (LEA) voltage inputs, IEC cable/line thermal element, islanding detection, and much more.

Sensitive Neutral Input—Using the directional control capability, protect high-impedance grounded, ungrounded, and Petersen coil-grounded systems in relays with the 200 mA neutral current input option. The 200 mA neutral input option is also used for nondirectional SEF protection.

Arc-Flash Mitigation—Improve safety for personnel with optional arc-flash detection capabilities. The SEL-751 offers combined light and high-speed overcurrent detection for arc-flash events. This combination provides the ideal solution for speed and security.

High-Impedance Fault Detection—Detect downed conductors, even on poorly conducting surfaces, with Arc Sense technology (AST). AST algorithms detect arcing produced by some high-impedance faults and will alarm or trip the breaker. This technology provides an added level of protection over conventional feeder protection methods.

Reliable Protection in Harsh Environments—The SEL-751 operates in extreme conditions, with an operating temperature of –40° to +85°C (–40° to +185°F), and it is designed and tested to exceed applicable standards, including vibration, electromagnetic compatibility, and adverse environmental conditions. In addition, the SEL-751 is ATEX-certified and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Class I, Division 2-certified for use in hazardous and potentially explosive environments.

Automation and Control—Apply the SEL-751 on feeders and provide protection, automation, and control capabilities all in one package.

Event Analysis—Conduct post-event analysis more efficiently with the detailed event records that are available in the SEL-751. Combine oscillographic and digital information to find root cause. Add a satellite-synchronized time source, like the SEL-2401, SEL-2407, or SEL-2488 Satellite-Synchronized Clocks, for convenient alignment of event information from multiple devices.

Situational Awareness—Improve situational awareness and asset utilization with IEEE C37.118 synchrophasor measurements.

Fault Location—Find faults faster and restore service more quickly with fault location algorithms. Communicate fault location information automatically to a control center by using serial or Ethernet communications and SCADA protocols.


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      Large 2 × 16 character LCD

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      Default messages or up to 32 customizable display labels notify personnel of power system events or the relay status

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      Programmable front-panel tricolor LEDs

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      Customizable pushbuttons and labels

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      User-configurable label kit

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      Two programmable tricolor LEDs per pushbutton

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      The 5-inch, 800 × 480 display offers direct navigation via a capacitive touchscreen

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      Folders and applications provide quick access to bay screens, metering and monitoring data, reports, settings, and more

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      The home pushbutton allows you to easily return to the default home screen

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      Programmable front-panel LEDs with user-configurable labels alert operators to faulted phases and element operation

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      Programmable operator pushbuttons with user-configurable labels allow front-panel customization

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      Power supply options include 110–250 Vdc/110–240 Vac or 24–48 Vdc

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      A variety of communications protocols and media provide flexibility to communicate with other devices and control systems

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      Integrated web server enables direct relay access for metering and monitoring data

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      The optional fiber-optic serial port provides quick and easy engineering access

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      Card slots include positions for optional I/O or an arc-flash detection/Vsync/Vbat card

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      Phase current and optional phase voltage inputs are on one card, freeing up space for additional SELect™ I/O card options

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      Bay Screens and Bay Control

      Select from predefined bay screens, or configure as many as five custom bay screens using the acSELerator® Bay Screen Builder SEL-5036 Software and acSELerator QuickSet® SEL-5030 Software. You can control one breaker, eight two-position disconnects, and two three-position disconnects and can view analog and digital data in a contextual display.

      To control a breaker or disconnect, simply tap the Bay Screens application on the home screen and then the breaker or disconnect you want to control.

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      Enter your Level 2 password and tap Submit. The onscreen keyboard allows you to quickly and easily enter passwords, search for Relay Word bits, and enter settings.

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      Breaker Control

      Tap Trip or Close to control the breaker. When asked to confirm the action before the operation is completed, choose Yes or No.

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      Meter Fundamentals

      View the real, reactive, and apparent power of each hase in your system, and monitor the power factor information to determine if the phase current leads or lags the phase voltage. 

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      Meter Phasors

      View a graphical and textual representation of the real-time voltages and currents in a power system during balanced and unbalanced conditions. By analyzing the phasors, you can determine power system conditions.

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      Meter Energy

      Display the real, reactive, and apparent energy metering quantities imported and exported by your system. You can reset the energy values via the display and record the time and date of reset. Whether your system is a net energy producer or consumer, metered quantities accurately account for the power system energy flow.

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      Sequential Events Recorder

      Easily review the time-stamped Sequential Events Recorder (SER) data, including whether or not the Relay Word bit asserted or deasserted, during root cause analysis of an event.



Complete Feeder Protection
Maximize control scheme flexibility using time- and instantaneous-overcurrent, overvoltage, undervoltage, directional power, and frequency elements, with breaker failure protection for one three-pole breaker. Second- and fifth-harmonic blocking improves protection security during magnetizing inrush conditions caused by line re-energization, or by voltage recovery after an out-of-zone fault.

Optional Directional Control
Use overcurrent elements with directional control, and optimize radial and looped network protection for lines and equipment. Best Choice Ground Directional Element logic optimizes directional element performance and eliminates the need for many directional settings. The relay also supports high-impedance grounded, ungrounded, and Petersen coil-grounded systems in relays with the 200 mA neutral current transformer option. The 200 mA CT option can also be used for nondirectional SEF protection.

Optional Protection Features
Use the SEL-751 with the voltage input and arc-flash detection options to provide synchronism check, dc station battery monitoring, and arc-flash detection. The SEL-751 supports option cards with either 4 or 8 arc-flash detection inputs. An option for LEA voltage inputs (8 Vrms for phase and synch voltage) supports voltage sensors in pad-mounted and other compact gear.

Incipient Fault Detection
Identify potential cable failures to extend asset life and minimize unexpected downtime. The SEL-751 checks for self-extinguishing half-cycle faults, which provides an indication of imminent cable failures.

Thermal Element
Protect cables and cable insulation against thermal damage using the IEC line/cable thermal (49) element.

Optional Vector Shift
Detect islanding conditions and prevent damage to local generation by detecting voltage angle shifts upon loss of bulk generation.

Optional High-Impedance Fault Detection
Apply the SEL-751 with AST to detect many high-impedance faults, a common result of a downed conductor. Alarm or trip for faults that produce low fault current and are undetectable with conventional relays.

Optional Touchscreen Display
The easy-to-use touchscreen interface provides a one-line mimic display for bay control and monitoring. View metered quantities, phasor diagrams, relay settings, event summaries, target statuses, Sequential Events Recorder (SER) data, and more. Extensive testing shows that the robust capacitive touchscreen display meets or exceeds industry standards as well as SEL quality and reliability requirements.

Easy Communications
Choose from Ethernet or serial communications and several protocols, including IEC 60870-5-103, Mirrored Bits communications, EtherNet/IP, IEEE 1588 PTP, and IEC 61850. Pick multiple sessions of Modbus TCP, Modbus serial, DNP3 LAN/WAN, or DNP3 serial for custom configuration of your applications. When dual-Ethernet ports are selected, the relay also supports the IEC 62439 PRP and Fast Failover Switching.

IEC 61850 Edition 2 Communications Protocol
Combine IEC 61850, an Ethernet network, and the SEL-751 for the fastest overall performance for substation automation and control. Streamline configuration of IEC 61850-enabled relays with acSELerator Architect SEL-5032 Software. Improve security using the password authentication and session time-out features. Transfer event files in COMTRADE and CEV formats as well as CID files, settings, and reports.

IEC 61850 Test Mode
Use the IEC 61850 Test Mode to test system components in energized substations without fear of operating control output contacts.

Web Server Access
The built-in web server enables secure, remote access to the relay with password protection. You can download status reports or view metering and relay information remotely. This helps minimize trips to the relay location, saving time and money.

Accelerate Firmware Downloads
Simplify maintenance by downloading relay firmware via the Ethernet port. This also enables you to access and update all of your network relays simultaneously.

Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP)
Simplify wiring and installation by receiving a time signal over existing Ethernet networks. SNTP makes a good backup to more accurate IRIG-B time synchronization. The 5 ms accuracy is ideal for basic time synchronization throughout a substation.

Built-In IEEE C37.118 Synchrophasors
Monitor distribution networks to detect a potential cascading voltage collapse before it happens. IEEE C37.118 synchrophasors, at up to 60 messages per second, allow access to system values for wide-area monitoring and control. The IEEE C37.118 standard simplifies communication and data coordination between synchrophasor measurement units.

Expanded SELogic Control Equations
Use math and logic combinations of analog and digital values for customized applications. Adapt system control based on prefault conditions. Scale analog values and latch momentary inputs for SCADA retrieval.

Enhanced Security on Heavily Loaded Feeders
Employ load-encroachment logic to set phase overcurrent elements independently of load levels.

Easy Installation
Easily install the SEL-751 into existing locations using available retrofit kits and mounting adapters, with no cutting or drilling.

Flexible Design
Choose from many installation and integration options given the relay's small form factor and slide-in expansion card options.

Rugged Design
Trust the industry’s widest ambient operating temperature range, –40° to +85°C (–40° to +185°F). The SEL-751 withstands vibration, electrical surges, fast transients, and extreme temperatures, meeting stringent industry standards. A conformal-coating option for the printed circuit boards provides an additional barrier to airborne contaminants, such as hydrogen sulfide, chlorine, salt, and moisture. In addition, the SEL-751 is ATEX-certified and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Class I, Division 2-certified for use in hazardous and potentially explosive environments.

  • Directional Overcurrent Elements
  • Pushbutton Options Available on Two-Line Display Model
  • Sensitive Ground Fault Protection
    The sensitive 200 mA neutral input option supports nondirectional SEF protection; and a directional firmware option supports sensitive directional ground protection on low-impedance grounded, ungrounded, high-impedance grounded, and Petersen coil-grounded systems.
  • High-Impedance Fault Detection Using Arc Sense Technology
  • Flexible I/O for Local Control and System Applications
    The base system includes three digital outputs (DO) and two digital inputs (DI). There are three card slots for optional SELect I/O cards, including the following:
    • 4 current inputs and 3-phase voltage inputs (Select 4ACI/3AVI)
    • Two ac voltage inputs (300 V VS or 8 V LEA VS and VBAT) and four arc-flash detection (AFDI) sensor inputs
    • Eight AFDI sensor inputs
    • 4 current inputs and 3-phase LEA voltage (8 Vrms) inputs for LEA voltage sensors
    • Fourteen DI
    • Four DI and four DO
    • Four DI and four fast, high-current interrupting DO
    • Four DI and one Form-B DO, two Form-C DO
    • Four DO, three DI, and one analog output (AO)
    • Four analog inputs (AI) and four AO
    • Eight AI for dc process values
    • Eight DI
    • Eight DO
    • Ten RTD inputs
  • Integrated Communications
    The SEL-751 offers many communications media and protocol options. Versatile communications options provide fast integration into both new and existing applications.
    • Communications Media
      • Ethernet 10/100BASE-T
      • Ethernet 100BASE-FX
      • Single or dual Ethernet ports
      • EIA-232 serial
      • EIA-485 serial
      • Fiber-optic serial multimode ST
    • Communications Protocols
      • Mirrored Bits communications
      • IEC 61850 Edition 2
      • IEC 60870-5-103
      • IEC 62439 PRP for models with dual Ethernet
      • DNP3 LAN/WAN
      • DNP3 serial
      • Modbus TCP
      • Modbus RTU
      • Telnet
      • FTP
      • EtherNet/IP
      • IEEE 1588 PTP
      • IEEE C37.118 synchrophasors
      • Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP)
  • Languages
    Ordering option is available for English or Spanish language support.
  • Retrofit Replacement Kits
    Replace existing feeder protection with the SEL-751 and the applicable mounting kits. These kits provide the parts needed to easily replace many older feeder relays with the SEL-751. Find other mounting options with the SEL Mounting Selector.
  • Conformal Coating
    Protect equipment from harsh environments and airborne contaminants, such as hydrogen sulfide, chlorine, salt, and moisture. Learn more about conformal coating.
  • Projection Mounting Collars Available in 45 and 90 mm
    Projection Mounting Collars Instruction Sheet
    Find other mounting options with the SEL Mounting Selector.

Minimum QuickSet Version

Product Revision Z Number Minimum Software Version
SEL-751 R200-V4 007


How to Use the SEL-700 Series Color Touchscreen Display

How to Set SEL-700 Series Bay Screen Settings

Reduce Arc-Flash Hazards

Video Playlists

Videos in this series:

  • How to Set SEL-751—Part 1: Communications
  • How to Set SEL-751—Part 2: Overcurrent and Time-Overcurrent Protection
  • How to Set SEL-751—Part 3: Event Analysis

Latest Firmware Versions

There are no firmware versions available for this product.

Product Revision Firmware ID Date Available Serial Number
SEL-751 R300-V4 SEL-751-R300-V4-Z008004-D20211116 12/2/21 ~3213360001
SEL-751 R202-V2 SEL-751-R202-V2-Z007003-D20211116 12/2/21 ~3213360001

The Firmware IDs for older versions of the firmware can typically be found in Appendix A of the instruction manual.

Minimum QuickSet Version

Product Revision Z Number Minimum Software Version
SEL-751 R200-V4 007

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Product Certifications

UL Certified