The electric power substation, whether generating station or transmission and distribution, remains one of the most challenging and exciting fields of electric power engineering. Recent technological developments have had a tremendous impact on all aspects of substation design and operation. The objective of Electric Power Substations Engineering is to provide an extensive overview of substations, as well as a reference and guide for their study. The chapters are written for the electric power engineering professional for detailed design information as well as for other engineering professions (e.g., mechanical and civil) who want an overview or specific information in one particular area.
The book is organized into 22 chapters to provide comprehensive information on all aspects of substations, from the initial concept of a substation to design, automation, operation, physical and cyber security, commissioning, energy storage, and the role of substations in Smart Grid. The chapters are written as tutorials and provide references for further reading and study. A number of the chapter authors are members of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Substations Committee. They develop the standards that govern all aspects of substations. In this way, this book contains the most recent technological developments regarding industry practice as well as industry standards. This book is part of the Electrical Engineering Handbook Series published by Taylor & Francis Group/CRC Press. Since its inception in 1993, this series has been dedicated to the concept that when readers refer to a book on a particular topic, they should be able to find what they need to know about the subject at least 80% of the time. That has indeed been the goal of this book.
During my review of the individual chapters of this book, I was very pleased with the level of detail presented, but more importantly the tutorial style of writing and use of photographs and graphics to help the reader understand the material. I thank the tremendous efforts of the 28 authors who were dedicated to do the very best job they could in writing the 22 chapters. Fifteen of the twenty chapters were updated from the second edition, and there are two new chapters in the third edition. I also thank the personnel at Taylor & Francis Group who have been involved in the production of this book, with a special word of thanks to Nora Konopka and Jessica Vakili. They were a pleasure to work with and made this project a lot of fun for all of us.
John D. McDonald