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zenon substation automation software

Use zenon Energy Edition for effective and secure operation of substations – locally or remotely. For electrical substations and switchyards of any scale, you will benefit from quick project configuration, simple operation, and maximum reliability.


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Full control and situational awareness at any scale

zenon Energy Edition from COPA-DATA is the ideal complement for any PAC (protection, automation and control) installation. This substation automation system is perfectly suited for various tasks in the substation domain, such as:

  • Digital Substation for local as well as remote operation
  • Control Room (SCADA) applications, for advanced supervision of cross-regional substation infrastructure or in conjunction with 3rd party systems
  • Protocol Gateway, to flexibly interface with higher-level control systems.



Future-proof substation automation solutions for all operational areas

Public utilities, as well as industrial and public transport companies rely on zenon to effectively digitalize their assets.

  • Transmission Substations: Benefit from powerful, reliable and secure software for substations at all levels of the energy grid
  • Distribution or Zone Substations: Digitize your substation assets cost-effectively, gain visibility over sub-transmission networks and master the Smart Grid transition
  • Offshore Substations: Support your project with a proven software solution, which complies with the industry´s key standards. A zenon solution will seamlessly integrate into the offshore energy environment, in conjunction with other installations such as offshore wind farms or HVDC converter stations.
  • Industrial Infrastructure: Automate energy assets with ease, and enjoy the freedom of uninterrupted supply in cross-domain applications.
  • Railway Infrastructure: Integrate traction substations and converter stations with auxiliary equipment, and strengthen the link to manage your energy supply




Key Features and Benefits:

Technical features:

  • Single Line Diagram with Topological Coloring
  • Topological Interlocking
  • Safe Command Processing, Lockout-Tagout
  • Seamless routing of commands and signals among protocols, such as IEC 61850, IEC 60870, DNP3
  • Alarm Management
  • Sequence of Events (SoE)
  • Collection and Investigation of Disturbance Records (COMTRADE)
  • Integrated Historian
  • Seamless Process Server Redundancy
  • Parallel Redundancy Protocol Support (PRP)
  • Process Simulation
  • Process Replay
  • Automatic Switching Sequences
  • Programmable Soft Logic (IEC 61131-3)
  • Mobile Event Notification (E-Mail, SMS, VoIP)
  • Role-based Access Control
  • Secure Remote Access

What zenon offers you:

  • Highest performance and scalability in substation automation solutions, ranging from small and cost-effective packages to large substations and supervisory control room SCADA
  • Advanced situational awareness provided by powerful command and event processing, operated through an intuitive user interface
  • Comprehensive support of IEC 61850
  • Efficient integration with higher-level control systems through diverse gateway protocols
  • Engineering simplicity through configurable functions, templates, and automatable engineering
  • Advanced options for OT servicing through virtualization and containerized services
  • Strong cyber security methods and compliance with IEC 62443-4-1 compliant Secure Development Lifecycle Process (SDL)

Your benefits:

  • Efficiently integrate your assets in green and brownfield environments
  • Attain vendor independence through a wide spectrum of supported protocols
  • Develop projects quickly and error-free with intelligent functions and templates available "out of the box"
  • Establish platform standards, for efficient roll-out and commissioning

zenon is the key to your Digital Substation 

Digitization is a major enabler for the transition to a modern and sustainable energy grid. Digital methods help to support engineering and standardization, offer flexible means of communication within the solution, and simplify operation, maintenance and traceability. Often, legacy assets are involved, and a modular, step-wise approach is required to modernize energy assets. zenon offers flexible functions to support substation digitization at any degree.  

As a vendor-agnostic system, zenon can interconnect with any type of local hardware, as well as control centers. The extensive support of the IEC 61850 standard series for digital substations allows for the implementation of the optimal solution, which preserves the achievements of your organization while fully exploiting the benefits of a digital solution. From legacy sites to fully digitized substations, zenon helps you get your grid ready for the upcoming challenges of the renewable era. 


Manual or autonomous operation – as you require

zenon is a flexible platform for all aspects of substation automation. You can use the software for unmanned, automated operation of substations, as well as manual operation via stationary and mobile visualization on-site or via secure remote access. Advanced functional modules allow for the utilization of custom monitoring and control features, such as complex interlocking, load shedding, voltage regulation, or execution of command sequences.



Efficient engineering – create projects from sophisticated templates

Configure your substation quickly and avoid errors, without having to write a single line of programming code. zenon is structured in a completely object-oriented manner allowing you to create a robust library of common objects and reuse them across projects. Even complex functions such as interlockings or redundancies are integrated into zenon as a standard and can be configured out of the box. As a result, project development time can be significantly reduced. Especially in IEC 61850 based projects, zenon allows you to automatically generate projects from the available data models.


Application libraries in zenon provide you with comprehensive templates, to efficiently progress throughout your project. Among others, configurable process templates are available for typical assets such as breakers, disconnectors, transformers, IEDs, and many more. These process templates are fully pre-developed including single-line display, detailed views, data model, and command behavior, the process templates can be applied with a few mouse clicks.




Build on powerful connectivity and networking support

zenon supports all common communication protocols in the energy industry. As a vendor-independent system, zenon is orientated along with international standards, provides great functional coverage and at the same time ensures simple applicability, and security. Protocols can be utilized to integrate on PAC equipment of any type and brand and can be combined freely to attain maximum solution effectiveness. Here is a selection of zenon-supported protocols:

  • IEC 61850
  • DNP3
  • IEC 60870-5 (101/103/104)
  • ICCP/TASE.2 (Inter Control Center Protocol)
  • IEEE C37.118 (Synchrophasor)
  • IEC 61850-90-5 (Synchrophasor)
  • 62056-21 (Metering)


 Additional protocols, such as SNMPv3, Syslog, or PRP (Parallel Redundancy Protocol) can be utilized with zenon to support IT networking infrastructure monitoring, realize centralized security logging, or improve the resilience of the overall system architecture.


Additional network security is provided through the optional use of cybersecurity features, such as TLS based encryption or Secure Authentication – in conformance with the IEC 62351 Standard series.



Create your optimal substation automation solution with zenon

The zenon substation automation software offers powerful solutions to control, visualize and automate substations, in conjunction with any type of PAC equipment and higher-level control systems. A multitude of highly sophisticated functions, as well as great networking and security features, ensure a scalable and future-proof solution. You will quickly proceed through the evaluation, development, and commissioning of your facilities, due to zenon´s powerful templates, standardization, and efficient engineering functions.



zenon comes in cost-effective packages which ideally fit the various types of substations, ranging from small local substation control systems with several hundred tags, up to cross-regional control systems with several hundreds of thousands of tags to handle.


Your team will be fully equipped with the knowledge and tools to excel in the application and operation of state-of-the-art substations. Long-term compatibility and product support of the zenon Software Platform paves the way for sustainable energy infrastructure projects, with high investment security.


Continue to explore your digital substation solution with zenon together with us.


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