Digital tech to illuminate major European cup final

As preparations continue for a major European cup final, to be held at the 75,000 capacity Atatürk Olympic Stadium on June 10, 2023, in Istanbul, ensuring a stable and reliable power supply for the televised event is a priority.

Energy supplier Boğaziçi Elektrik Dağıtım A.Ş (BEDAŞ), one of the largest electric power distribution companies in Turkey servicing over 5.3 million consumers on the European side of Istanbul, is partnering with ABB to implement a digital solution to improve the stadium’s power network. This custom-engineered solution includes the supply and programming of a digital protection and control system for the stadium’s substations. The substations will supply power to everything in the stadium, from the floodlights to the food and beverage outlets, the officiating referee’s video assistant referee systems (VAR) as well as global broadcaster equipment covering the game.

ABB’s digital solution will help BEDAŞ to identify any potential faults and rectify them before they disrupt the stadium’s power supply.

Orçun Öztürk, Operational Technologies Manager of BEDAŞ explains: “This is a hugely important match for Turkey and Istanbul. It is our role to make sure that the power supply stays throughout the event, so that the game can be live streamed to audiences all over the world while ensuring the fans at the stadium have a seamless experience. Any interruption to the power supply would have widespread implications, so we asked ABB to develop a solution that would identify any potential faults and resolve them before they become an issue.”

ABB has delivered a bespoke grid automation system and a control and monitoring solution for the stadium. If a fault is detected in the main source, the new solution can quickly analyze the fault and switch the system to the alternative source before a power outage occurs.  The protection system, based on ABB’s Relion® protection and control relays and native IEC 61850 standard digital communication, provides protection and control, including fault location, isolation, and system restoration functions for optimal fault management to ensure high availability of the energy supply. For added customer control and convenience, the solution also allows BEDAŞ to connect to its Remote-Control Center at its headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey.

“We have been partnering with BEDAŞ for more 10 years, helping them to bring a more resilient and reliable power supply to over 5 million people in Turkey”, explained Luigi Traino, Global Product Line Manager, Digital Systems at ABB. “This digital systems solution for the Atatürk Olympic Stadium is another example of how we collaborate with our customers to improve power supply quality and reliability. It’s a ‘winning’ solution that will keep the stadium lights on and ensure a quality TV experience for the final match.”

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