Private LTE offers power utilities a dynamic, standards-backed communications infrastructure to support their smart grid ambitions, says Frost & Sullivan
LONDON, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Until recently, much of the distribution network was still 'dark' and only partial connectivity was necessary for day-to-day operations. Furthermore, changing patterns of generation and consumption are making unprecedented demands on the electricity power grid. Distributed sources such as wind, solar and micro-grid are creating intermittent and reverse power flows in the networks that connect to customers.
At the same time, the growing popularity of heat pumps and electric vehicle (EV) charging piles is increasing peaks in demand and shifting them to different locations and times of day.
The smart grid must adapt to these dynamic and unpredictable conditions - a radical challenge for an industry founded on centralised, bulk generation and passive consumption. To do so, power utilities are demanding a communications network that is equally as dynamic, secure and reliable.
Global smart grid development is at different levels and stages. Utilities in developed and fast-growing economies are investing in Distribution Automation — an intelligent, connected infrastructure that provides real-time visibility and control. The fastest-growing regions for advanced metering are South America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa.
High-performance communications is the key to a fully automated, efficient power system.
Sponsored by Huawei, "Private LTE for the Smart Grid" is Frost & Sullivan's analysis of communications options in the smart grid era. This white paper examines the co-evolution of communications networks and the grid, identifying how Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) can benefit from the latest developments in LTE cellular wireless.
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