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Energies 2015, 8(12), 13481-13507; doi:10.3390/en81212372

Adaptation of Powerline Communications-Based Smart Metering Deployments to the Requirements of Smart Grids

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Division of Control Systems and Telecommunications, Iberdrola, Avenida San Adrian 48, 48003 Bilbao, Spain
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Department of R & D, ZIV-CG Automation, Parque Tecnológico de Zamudio 210, 48170 Zamudio, Spain
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Academic Editor: Thorsten Staake
Received: 29 August 2015 / Revised: 26 October 2015 / Accepted: 12 November 2015 / Published: 30 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Metering)
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Abstract

Powerline communications (PLC)-based smart meter deployments are now a reality in many regions of the world. Although PLC elements are generally incorporated in smart meters and data concentrators, the underlying PLC network allows the integration of other smart grid services directly over it. The remote control capabilities that automation programs need and are today deployed over their medium voltage (MV) grid, can be extended to the low voltage (LV) grid through these existing PLC networks. This paper demonstrates the capabilities of narrowband high data rate (NB HDR) PLC technologies deployed over LV grids for smart metering purposes to support internet protocol internet protocol (IP) communications in the LV grid. The paper demonstrates these possibilities with the presentation of the simulation and laboratory results of IP communications over international telecommunication union: ITU-T G.9904 PLC technology, and the definition of a PLC Network Management System based on a simple network management protocol (SNMP) management information base (MIB) definition and applicable use cases. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart metering; smart grid; powerline communications (PLC); international telecommunication union ITU-T G.9904; distribution grid; network management system; internet protocol (IP); simple network management protocol (SNMP) smart metering; smart grid; powerline communications (PLC); international telecommunication union ITU-T G.9904; distribution grid; network management system; internet protocol (IP); simple network management protocol (SNMP)
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Sendin, A.; Arzuaga, T.; Urrutia, I.; Berganza, I.; Fernandez, A.; Marron, L.; Llano, A.; Arzuaga, A. Adaptation of Powerline Communications-Based Smart Metering Deployments to the Requirements of Smart Grids. Energies 2015, 8, 13481-13507.

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