Special Issue "Power Line Communication (PLC) Evolution: New Challenges and Innovative Solutions"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart Grids and Microgrids".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 2 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alberto Sendin
Guest Editor
ICAI, ETSI, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain
Interests: power line communications; wireless communications; smart grids
Dr. Andrea M. Tonello
Guest Editor
Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria
Interests: power line communications; wireless communications; smart grids

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Power line communication (PLC) is a technology that can intelligently and efficiently exploit existing power distribution networks. PLC has been evolving, absorbing innovations from other telecommunication and energy technology developments, and today it plays a fundamental role, providing reliable and affordable connectivity. From narrowband to broadband, and from grid-related applications to entertainment services, PLC has a great importance for a relevant number of stakeholders across the industry.

PLC offers several advantages over other technologies, being both a complement and a competitor to some of them. Among the evident advantages, there is the need for no new wiring, coverage where wireless communications cannot be effectively deployed, readiness to be integrated in grid connected devices, etc.

In the era of IoT, 5G communications, and the electrification of systems, PLC is again pushed to evolve to adapt to the new needs, so that it continues to be a reference technology in relevant application domains and open new potential markets. For this PLC evolution, it is especially important to consider the advent of new requirements, the adaptation to already-known constraints, and the capability to form hybrid architectures when combined with other technologies.

Within this context, this Special Issue aims at collecting original paper contributions related to the understanding of how PLC is adapting to the new landscape, the identification of the challenges, and the description of both up-to-date developed solutions and new ones that can stem from longer-term research efforts.

The topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Analysis of new PLC challenges;

Advances in PLC technologies (PHY, MAC and upper networking layers);

Hybrid architectures with PLC networks (radio, visible light, etc.);

Software defined PLC networks and virtualization;

PLC for smart grids, smart metering, and grid control;

PLC applications in non-grid-related environments (in-vehicle, in-home, industrial, IoT, etc.);

PLC experimental and deployment results.

Dr. Alberto Sendin
Dr. Andrea M. Tonello
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • power line communications
  • smart grid communications
  • smart metering
  • home networks
  • in-vehicle networks
  • industrial networks
  • PHY algorithms
  • MAC protocols

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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