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Energies 2013, 6(1), 539-556; doi:10.3390/en6010539

Enhanced Operation of Electricity Distribution Grids Through Smart Metering PLC Network Monitoring, Analysis and Grid Conditioning

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Division of Control Systems and Telecommunications, Iberdrola, Av. 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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Department of Telecommunications and Telecontrol, Iberdrola Ingeniería y Construcción, Av. Ribera de Axpe, 5, 48950 Erandio, Spain
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Department of Communication Engineering, Bilbao Faculty of Engineering, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Alda. Urkijo S/N, 48013 Bilbao, Spain
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Received: 2 October 2012 / Revised: 28 November 2012 / Accepted: 10 January 2013 / Published: 21 January 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Grid and the Future Electrical Network)
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Abstract

Low Voltage (LV) electricity distribution grid operations can be improved through a combination of new smart metering systems’ capabilities based on real time Power Line Communications (PLC) and LV grid topology mapping. This paper presents two novel contributions. The first one is a new methodology developed for smart metering PLC network monitoring and analysis. It can be used to obtain relevant information from the grid, thus adding value to existing smart metering deployments and facilitating utility operational activities. A second contribution describes grid conditioning used to obtain LV feeder and phase identification of all connected smart electric meters. Real time availability of such information may help utilities with grid planning, fault location and a more accurate point of supply management. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart metering; methodology; PLC; PRIME; distribution grid; monitoring; LV line; LV phase; detection smart metering; methodology; PLC; PRIME; distribution grid; monitoring; LV line; LV phase; detection
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Sendin, A.; Berganza, I.; Arzuaga, A.; Osorio, X.; Urrutia, I.; Angueira, P. Enhanced Operation of Electricity Distribution Grids Through Smart Metering PLC Network Monitoring, Analysis and Grid Conditioning. Energies 2013, 6, 539-556.

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