Grid Modernization

Distribution Automation and Management

Improve reliability metrics with solutions that minimize the impact of fault-related outages and automatically reconfigure the flow of power to restore service.

SEL offers a full range of distribution automation solutions—from advanced software-based solutions that configure FLISR schemes in minutes to custom-engineered systems that integrate centralized capacitor bank control, dynamic voltage control, and more.

Advanced Software-Based Solutions

Distribution automation applications on SEL Blueframe offer unparalleled transparency and ease of use. Customizable, versatile, and scalable, SEL Blueframe is a software platform designed to manage and exchange data seamlessly and securely between operational technology (OT) applications.

SEL Blueframe

SEL Blueframe is a secure, Linux-based operating system and software platform designed for operational technology (OT) applications. It is customizable and versatile, supports installations of any size, and readily scales from running one or two targeted applications to multiple application suites.

Blueframe supports a growing number of SEL software applications, including:

Custom Engineered Solutions

SEL Engineering Services provides turnkey automation, protection, and wide-area control systems that are engineered to provide the specific functionalities you need to achieve your operational goals.

Distribution Automation, Protection, and Control

These solutions can include FLISR implementation, centralized capacitor bank control, dynamic voltage control, and more, depending on your requirements and operational goals. They integrate with the IEDs already in your system and are scalable and modular, so they can be expanded to meet new demand.

SEL Engineering Services also implements our High-Density Coordination solutions as a turnkey system.

Substation Automation

SEL substation automation solutions enable grid owners to automate the collection and storage of data captured by modern IEDs, so that it can be used to improve system visibility and control, reduce O&M costs, mitigate cyber threats, and comply with safety and security standards.

A Partner for Any Modernization Project

SEL offers modernization solutions and services for any part of the grid, scaled to your needs. Partner with us on individual projects or multi-year modernization programs.

We design electric power systems, coordinate procurement and construction, manufacture the relays, build the panels, and install and commission the protection and control systems.

  • Simplicity at Every Stage—Streamline your grid modernization program with a single PO. We offer a single-vendor solution for the entire process—from design and permitting through building, installation, and commissioning. This simplifies budgeting, project management, and timelines, ensuring on-time delivery.
  • Advanced Technology—SEL solutions offer the fastest protection available. They also improve systemwide visibility and control through cybersecure remote engineering access, automated event collection, and precise fault location, among other benefits.
  • Access to Experts and Product Support—Engineering support is available to you before, during, and after a project. After commissioning, you receive 24/7 support from SEL application engineers. Technical support is available for the lifetime of every SEL device at no cost.
  • Reduced Total Cost of Ownership—Our simplified project management approach, advanced technology, and expert support lower your O&M costs in the short term and for the entire life of your modernized system.

Partnership and Support

We believe you should never have to worry about whether your protection and control systems will be working when you need them most. That’s why you always have access to SEL engineers—and every device we manufacture comes with a ten-year warranty and free technical support.

After your modernized systems are commissioned, our worldwide corps of application engineers provides technical support for SEL products at no cost.

As long as your SEL products remain in service, you have free access to direct technical support from a large corps of application engineers who are intimately familiar with the way our devices are deployed and the systems they support in the field.

Customer support staff and application engineers are stationed in regional offices across North America and around the world.

Security Bulletins and Updates

We notify product owners of updates and security patches for the full life of the product. Software and firmware updates are distributed directly to our customers via secure file transfer.

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Training and Education

SEL meets your workforce training and continuing-education needs through seminars, conference and tradeshow presentations, and technical training courses.

We can also work with you to develop training that is customized to the specific needs of your workforce.

Distribution Modernization in Kentucky

Sister utility companies LG&E/KU started with a retrofit pilot project and then scaled up to modernize 485 distribution feeders and extend SCADA coverage to 74 percent of their rural service area.

Questions? Contact Us!

If you have any questions about SEL products, services, solutions, or support, please contact us. Our service and support professionals are ready to provide the answers you need.

Unbeatable Support

SEL support teams are stationed in regional offices around the world and staffed with application engineers who are experts in our products and in power system applications.

Technical support for SEL-manufactured devices is always free. No matter how often you need to call or how long your SEL products have been in service, you’ll reach an SEL expert who can provide the service and support you need.

Our cybersecurity team is always ready with the information and resources needed to keep your OT networks and critical systems secure and working effectively. Cyber services support contracts can include incident response, audits, system hardening, and more, depending on your anticipated needs.

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