Analog Devices is collaborating with China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) to improve the reliability of smart substations, the so-called "nerve centres" of modern electrical grids.

As part of the partnership, the ADI-CEPRI team will engage in join laboratory and field research to develop electronics and sensor technologies that will enable resilient and flexible grids, according to the company.

CEPRI is a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive research institute within the State Grid Corporation of China, the largest electric utility company in the world.

"Reliable electricity is the lifeblood of modern society," said Rick Hess, executive vice president, Analog Devices. "By improving reliability in smart substations, this collaboration between ADI and CEPRI will ensure China’s utility users enjoy enhanced productivity, comfort and safety."

"Both parties can carry out innovative and complementary cooperation. By combining the strengths of electric power systems and electronic systems, this cooperation will advance the reliability of smart substations," said Jianbo Guo, president of CEPRI.

Cross-functional groups from both companies—including members of ADI’s energy systems engineering and semiconductor reliability teams, and CEPRI’s departments of high-voltage, relay protection, power automation and metrology—will identify specific reliability issues, jointly create solutions, hold technical workshops and draft international standards, all with the goal of continuing to improve the resiliency and reliability of smart substations.