Communications for Smarter Energy Systems

Communications for Smarter Energy Systems

Communications for Smarter Energy Systems

Traditionally, power grid infrastructure expansions needed new monolithic power plants and high-voltage transmission lines. However, distributed energy resources (DER)—small power sources such as roof-top photovoltaics, battery storage, and electric vehicles—have the potential to lower energy costs, improve service reliability, augment power quality, and increase energy efficiency.

With a ...large choice of communication technologies and protocols, including radio frequency mesh, power line communication (PLC), fiber, and more recently, 3G and 4G LTE, utilities and distribution service operators (DSOs) have a number of possible solutions.

An example of the IoT and smart grid in action, this white paper examines the challenges and potential solutions of integrating DER with the existing energy grid, focusing on three distinct communication and networking use cases that can deliver significant benefits to utilities, DSOs, aggregators, and service providers.