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Wireless networks for smart grid applications

Chapter


Abstract


  • Introduction By connecting the various entities in the grid and enabling a two-way flow of information related to the production and distribution of energy, communication networks, and more specifically wireless networks, are poised to play a significant role in the modernization of the electric grid. In fact, most functions related to making energy production and consumption more efficient require some form of collecting and sharing information to monitor current usage levels, predict future demands, balance loads, and tightly control the production, distribution, and transmission of power. While there are many advantages for using wireless networks in the grid, there are many concerns as well. The benefits include providing untethered and universal access to information, and deploying and maintaining infrastructure easily and at low cost. Drawbacks are mostly related to signal propagation properties in what could be a noisy environment and are inherent to the use of a shared medium, which may be prone to interference. This chapter discusses the use of wireless networks in the context of the smart grid. First, it provides an overview of the various applications envisaged in the smart grid and discusses their communication requirements. Sifting through thousands of communication requirements leads to an identification of different classes of applications based on their traffic and quality-of-service (QoS) requirements as well as an identification of the communication actors and their logical topologies. Subsequently, there is a discussion of the main factors to consider in designing and deploying wireless networks, including spectrum, coverage, resilience, and security.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Griffith, D., Souryal, M., & Golmie, N. (2010). Wireless networks for smart grid applications. In Smart Grid Communications and Networking (Vol. 9781107014138, pp. 234-262). doi:10.1017/CBO9781139013468.011

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781107014138

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84924706305

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Smart Grid Communications and Networking

Start Page


  • 234

End Page


  • 262

Abstract


  • Introduction By connecting the various entities in the grid and enabling a two-way flow of information related to the production and distribution of energy, communication networks, and more specifically wireless networks, are poised to play a significant role in the modernization of the electric grid. In fact, most functions related to making energy production and consumption more efficient require some form of collecting and sharing information to monitor current usage levels, predict future demands, balance loads, and tightly control the production, distribution, and transmission of power. While there are many advantages for using wireless networks in the grid, there are many concerns as well. The benefits include providing untethered and universal access to information, and deploying and maintaining infrastructure easily and at low cost. Drawbacks are mostly related to signal propagation properties in what could be a noisy environment and are inherent to the use of a shared medium, which may be prone to interference. This chapter discusses the use of wireless networks in the context of the smart grid. First, it provides an overview of the various applications envisaged in the smart grid and discusses their communication requirements. Sifting through thousands of communication requirements leads to an identification of different classes of applications based on their traffic and quality-of-service (QoS) requirements as well as an identification of the communication actors and their logical topologies. Subsequently, there is a discussion of the main factors to consider in designing and deploying wireless networks, including spectrum, coverage, resilience, and security.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Griffith, D., Souryal, M., & Golmie, N. (2010). Wireless networks for smart grid applications. In Smart Grid Communications and Networking (Vol. 9781107014138, pp. 234-262). doi:10.1017/CBO9781139013468.011

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781107014138

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84924706305

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Smart Grid Communications and Networking

Start Page


  • 234

End Page


  • 262