Smart Grid Evolves With Combined Wireless and Wind Power Technologies

Arcadian Networks, a provider of wireless broadband communication systems to the energy sector,  announced at WINDPOWER 2009 (booth # 5917) that it has joined the American Wind Energy Association as a business member. Arcadian is expanding its solutions to integrate renewable resources for electric utilities.

With 28 states mandating 25 percent or higher use of renewable resources, Arcadian Network’s solution is increasingly relevant. Arcadian Networks is already active in the wind-friendly Midwest, where a number of utilities use the real-time, two-way communication network to build smart energy solutions.

“Our network currently provides vital communication for wind generators, with wind farms connecting into our network at rural substations,” noted Ed Solar, chief executive officer of Arcadian Networks. “To extend this network to the wind farm and monitoring devices beyond a wind farm’s footprint to provide communications with every device in the communication chain is a natural and beneficial progression.”

The 700 MHz propagation characteristics are ideal for wind power, which often includes dispersed and rural resources. “As electric utilities seek to integrate more renewables into their portfolios, many are finding that Arcadian Networks’ communications can open the door to interoperability and security in ways previously unattainable,” said Solar. “As reliability requirements increase, information sources will become more diverse, and flexible communications networks like Arcadian Networks’ solution will become the norm.”

For more information on Arcadian Networks’ integration of wind and other renewable resources, see http://www.arcadiannetworks.com/article.aspx?MID=5000&CID=8071.

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