Instant data management enables smart grids to maximise power distribution efficiency

By W Warren, Raima Inc

 

Published in:

Electricity+Control April 2015 (pages 52 – 53)

Enquiries: Email Wayne.warren@raima.com

 

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A smart grid uses data collection and computer technologies to gather information about consumption by individual consumers, interpret it and optimise operations to match the ever-changing patterns of demand.

Electric utilities are transforming their grids by improving and renewing infrastructure, while simultaneously adding the intelligent digital technology, which includes automatic meter reading.

For instance, smart meters use continuous communications to provide real-time monitoring, so that they can determine how demand from individual users varies over time – and predict future needs. Often the data is transmitted as broadband over power lines (BPL), although other systems use wireless technologies, such as mesh networking. The amount of data that needs to be collected is enormous and it has to be analysed instantly as well as being stored for reference and reuse.

 

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  • A key characteristic of a smart grid is the efficient and timely use of operational data to constantly match supply to demand.
  • Electric utilities are transforming their grids by improving and renewing infrastructure while simultaneously adding intelligent digital technology.
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