As the official sponsor of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is seeking feedback on IEC’s proposal for the development of a new standards committee on robotics for electricity generation, transmission and distribution systems. All responses submitted to SCC will serve to generate a Canadian position on the proposal.
Purpose and justification for new field of activity
Traditional lifecycle management of the electric power system requires significant manpower and has issues with efficiency, consistency, quality, and especially safety in high-voltage environments, severe climatic conditions and hardly accessible locations. Power utilities, asset managers and engineers are looking for ways to achieve the highest levels of safety and technical excellence, while keeping costs of construction, operations and maintenance down.
Application of robotics in the electric power system have been applied in power generation, transmission, transformation and distribution.
Based on the rapid development of sensors and artificial intelligence, many different robots have been developed that could assist or replace people for various work in construction, patrol, inspection, operation and maintenance of power facilities, either in power generation, transmission, or distribution.
Due to the lack of standards and unclear technical demands, the functions and performance of robots vary in different countries, while showing low compatibility. International standards are needed to reach consensus on functions and performance, safety and security, availability and efficiency, to improve the service quality of robots and reduce repeated research cost. Standardization is required to achieve a reliable auxiliary power system. The standardization of low-voltage auxiliary power systems will focus on terminology, installation and acceptance, commissioning, operation and maintenance, and safety and reliability etc.
Scope of proposed technical activity
Standardization of robotics applied in power systems, i.e. power plants, substations, transmission and distribution lines etc., mainly include terminology, design, functions and performance, test methods, interfaces between robots and information systems, operation
methods, and safety and security requirements.
Robot systems used in power systems shall include those travelling on rails, ground (via unmanned ground vehicles), air (just like unmanned aerial vehicle-based inspection robots), under water/liquid (via unmanned underwater vehicles) and on or inside equipment
Standardization of edge computing as well as diagnosis and analysis of information acquired by robot systems also falls in the scope of the technical committee (TC). This TC will coordinate with other relevant standardization organizations in the related fields, such as ISO/TC 299 Robotics, and other IEC technical committees that relate to industry specific applications, such as TC 82 Solar photovoltaic energy systems, TC 88 Wind energy generation systems and TC 114 Marine energy - Wave, tidal and other water current converters. Robotics for nuclear power applications is excluded from the scope of this TC.
*Robotics applied in the electric power system means robotics that are featured with a degree of autonomy that allows for assisting or even replacing human workers to complete certain tasks, such as construction, patrol, inspection, operation and maintenance of electrical
SCC values your feedback on this proposal. Please fill out this stakeholder feedback form no later than November 6, 2020.
Stakeholders are invited to consider the following when formulating a response:
1. Do you agree to the proposal?
- If yes, why, and do you wish to participate should a mirror committee be established?
- If not, why not?
Deadline for survey submission
November 6, 2020
For more information, please contact Daniel Ethier IEC, SCC.