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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 10 Issue 3
There is a lightning storm. Suddenly, the telephone line coming into a substation fails and communications equipment is damaged.
Broadband over power line (BPL) technology has matured rapidly over the last half-decade-from technology development, to trial deployments and now, in a select few locations, commercial deployments.
Reliable access to large customer meter data is a core necessity for running a profitable and stable utility company.
You might expect meters to be the star of the automatic meter reading (AMR) business, but they actually share top billing with the communication technologies that impact system capabilities.
Atmospheric discharges-better known as lightning-are still among the most common causes of outages on power systems in the world’s high lightning regions.
Utility companies first began performing infrared (IR) camera inspections in substations in the mid to late 1980s.
This month’s first feature article (pages 14-19) gives an overview of broadband over power line (BPL) technology-a technology that we’ve probably been remiss in not covering more lately. Interest in BPL has been rising rapidly the last year-and-a-half to two years as quite a number of utilities have conducted test deployments and a small handful have even rolled out BPL as a commercial offering to customers.