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Marron L.,ZIV CG Automation | Osorio X.,ZIV CG Automation | Llano A.,ZIV CG Automation | Arzuaga A.,ZIV CG Automation | Sendin A.,Iberdrola
ISPLC 2013 - 2013 IEEE 17th International Symposium on Power Line Communications and Its Applications, Proceedings | Year: 2013

Electricity grids are adding the Smart Grid concept to the network. Utilities are engaged in this important investment in order to build Smart Metering networks, as a first step towards the Smart Grid. Nevertheless, the objective is to go further, and take advantage of all the inherent capabilities of this deployment obtaining additional operational applications. In this context, Low Voltage (LV) Distribution Electricity Grids are the most unknown and manually controlled elements of the electricity grid, so operation in this section of the grid needs to be improved. This paper describes a mechanism to obtain the LV feeder identification of all the connected smart electricity meters. The proposal contained in this paper is based on real field deployments with PRIME technology, and it is as a contribution to LV grid control with applications in electricity grid planning, transformer balance, fault location and accurate point of supply identification. The proposed approach, based in standard narrowband PRIME PLC smart meters, minimizes the investment. This paper describes the algorithm and the real field tests performed, showing how LV feeder detection concept has been successfully validated for PRIME PLC Smart Metering networks. © 2013 IEEE. Source


Sendin A.,Iberdrola | Berganza I.,Iberdrola | Arzuaga A.,ZIV CG Automation | Osorio X.,ZIV CG Automation | And 2 more authors.
Energies | Year: 2013

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. © 2013 by the authors; licensee MDPI,Basel, Switzerland. Source


Sendin A.,Iberdrola | Arzuaga T.,ZIV CG Automation | Urrutia I.,Iberdrola | Berganza I.,Iberdrola | And 4 more authors.
Energies | Year: 2015

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. © 2015 by the author; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Source

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