Release of new functionality for SSC600 – centralized protection and control for distribution substations

2020-12-07 Release announcement

We are pleased to announce the release of feature pack 3 which introduces new functionality for ABB Ability™ Smart Substation Control and Protection for electrical systems SSC600.

With SSC600 you gain continuous access to new software developments and the very latest technological advancements within protection and control to guarantee an always up-to-date substation system. Also adapting  to changing protection requirements is straightforward with fully modular software.

With feature pack 3, SSC600 now offers support for inter-substation communication for new kinds of network management or automation approaches with routable GOOSE (Generic Object Oriented Substation Events). Substation communication over routed networks enables advanced control possibilities for distributed energy resources. As always with SSC600 the chosen approach is according to international standards, in this case IEC 61850-90-5. 

To meet the needs of more complex switchgear, SSC600 now also offers improved busbar differential protection. Improvements include support for more measurements and more protection zones. Low impedance-based busbar differential protection is very important for clearing faults inside switchgear and mitigating impact. It is one of the fastest protection functions available, and it can be used for switchgear with multiple sections. 

What’s new?

  • Capability to protect and control up to 30 bays 
  • Support for inter-substation communication with routable GOOSE
    • New kinds of network management or automation approaches possible
    • Advanced control possibilities for distributed energy resources
    • IEC 61850-90-5 compliant
  • Improved busbar differential protection offers support for
    • Current measurements from 30 different merging units
    • 4 separate protection zones

Product range

  • Smart substation control and protection SSC600


  • Centralized protection and control in one single device for reduced network complexity
  • Easy and efficient process management with station-wide process visibility
  • Extensive application coverage with one device for flexibility and optimal
  • Ready-made application packages for convenient and smooth ordering
  • Fully modular software for maximum flexibility throughout the substation’s entire life cycle
  • Easy adaption to changing network protection requirements
  • Continuous access to the latest software and hardware developments
  • Fast, easy and cost-effective substation system upgrade with centralized protection and control solution
  • Designed to support the increasing digitalization of substations
  • Same IEC 61850-compliant setting and configuration tool – PCM600 – as for the Relion® family of protection relays
  • Combined with merging units, SSC600 offers a unique, IEC 61850-compliant, centralized protection and control solution

Main features

  • IEC 61850-compliant communication and interoperability between substation automation devices
  • Centralized protection and control in one single device for the entire substation
  • Capability to protect and control up to 30 bays
  • Protection functionality for feeder, motor and transformer applications
  • Comprehensive Web HMI (human-machine interface) including station-wide HMI functionalities
  • Disturbance recordings for the entire substation
  • IEC 61850-3-certified with inbuilt redundancy and self-supervision
  • Extensive digital services throughout the substation’s entire lifecycle

Target markets

SSC600 is targeted at the global market for medium-voltage protection and control applications.

Supported languages

SSC600 is available in English. Additional languages will be announced later.

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