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Energies 2017, 10(11), 1782; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10111782

Smart Grid Applications for a Practical Implementation of IP over Narrowband Power Line Communications

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Centre for the Development of Renewable Energy Sources—Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CEDER—CIEMAT), 42290 Lubia, Spain
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Department of Communications Engineering, ESI Bilbao, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 48013 Bilbao, Spain
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ZIV Automation, 48170 Zamudio, Spain
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Received: 30 September 2017 / Revised: 29 October 2017 / Accepted: 30 October 2017 / Published: 6 November 2017
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Currently, Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) systems have equipped the low voltage section with a communication system that is being used mainly for metering purposes, but it can be further employed for additional applications related to the Smart Grid (SG) concept. This paper explores the potential applications beyond metering of the available channel in a Power Line Communication-based AMI system. To that end, IP has been implemented over Narrow Band-Power Line Communication (NB-PLC) in a real microgrid, which includes an AMI system. A thorough review of potential applications for the SG that might be implemented for this representative case is included in order to provide a realistic analysis of the potentiality of NB-PLC beyond smart metering. The results demonstrate that existing AMI systems based on NB-PLC have the capacity to implement additional applications such as remote commands or status signals, which entails an added value for deployed AMI systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: narrowband power line communications; smart grid applications; Smart Grid communications; internet protocol narrowband power line communications; smart grid applications; Smart Grid communications; internet protocol
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Uribe-Pérez, N.; Angulo, I.; de la Vega, D.; Arzuaga, T.; Fernández, I.; Arrinda, A. Smart Grid Applications for a Practical Implementation of IP over Narrowband Power Line Communications. Energies 2017, 10, 1782.

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