Alstom, a leader in power generation, transmission and transport, announced the inauguration of India’s first digital substation automation competence centre at its Pallavaram facility in Chennai. With the new facilities, Alstom strengthens its know-how in digital technology, supporting its strategy of transforming the energy grid and developing the substations of the future. “Energy utilities worldwide are experimenting with new smart grid systems, adding a new layer of digital equipment onto their existing infrastructures to interconnect all assets. The inauguration of the Digital Substation Automation Competence Centre is a milestone for Alstom from a global perspective, and represents our commitment to pursuing R&D and deployment of smart grid technologies in India,” said Patrick Plas, Senior Vice President for Grid Power Electronics & Automation of Alstom Grid.The facility would also help realise the ambitions of many Indian customers to deploy smart grid technologies for a reliable and efficient grid. “As the market leader in transmission sector, Alstom T&D India has always been on the leading edge of technological innovation. Alstom has brought in advanced network management and substation automation technology to the Indian transmission domain. The opening of the Competence Centre will allow the further advancement of high, extra high and ultra high voltage (HV, EHV, UHV) and renewable power concept thus enabling Alstom to maintain its leadership position in the transmission market,” said Rathin Basu, Managing Director, Alstom T&D India.The Pallavaram site manufactures the complete range of electro-mechanical relays and MiCOM numerical relays and provides engineering support for conventional and digital control systems. Its offering also includes refurbishment, installation and commissioning as well as customer training. The Pallavaram facility has ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001certifications. It caters to India as well as many export markets including the Middle East, Europe and Americas. This facility has the capacity of 300,000-plus IEDs and 3,000-plus SAS cubicles per year.