Brussels / 3 & 4 February 2024


OpenSCD: Everything Everywhere All at Once

In the era of interconnected systems and the growing demand for seamless communication between not just devices but organizations too, the OpenSCD team aims to provide a solution for the whole community. OpenSCD is an open-source, browser-based substation communication designer platform for editing IEC 61850 compatible Substation Configuration Language (SCL) files. IEC 61850 is an international standard defining communication protocols, guidelines and data model for intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) in electrical substations. This talk explores the main challenges of the project and the capabilities of OpenSCD, an open-source tool designed to bring about a paradigm shift in the way we perceive and manage substation configuration and its technical and organizational challenges.

Key Topics:

  • Interoperability: Delve into the mechanisms that OpenSCD employs to enable interoperability between teams.
  • Scalability: Uncover the scalability features of OpenSCD that enable a growing community.
  • International Collaboration: Explore OpenSCD's role in fostering collaboration among Transmission System Operators (TSOs) on a global scale, working together towards common goals, facilitated by the IEC 61850 standard.


We aim to provide an easy-to-understand overview of the architecture, governance and practices surrounding the development of OpenSCD. Additionally, we will share our plans and vision for the project, highlighting opportunities for contribution.


Aligning with the conference theme, attendees can learn how to grow their projects in the energy sector without sacrificing development speed.


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