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OCPP and IEC 61850: a winning team

This paper outlines use cases and settings for utilities to facilitate the implementation of IEC 61850 and OCPP.

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In the coming years, utilities will face increased connections of electric vehicles to their grids. These vehicles, including cars, buses, vans, trucks, ships, and airplanes, will both draw energy from and potentially feed it back into the grid, functioning as Distributed Energy Resources (DERs). This necessitates cooperation between utilities and new customers, systems, and use cases.

To ensure safe integration of DERs into the grid, effective information exchange and control are crucial. The IEC 61850 automation standard for grid control and OCPP for charging infrastructure control can work together to ensure grid stability while meeting customer needs.

This paper developed together with the Open Charge Alliance outlines use cases and settings for utilities to control DERs, facilitating the implementation of IEC 61850 and OCPP in charging station management systems.