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Smart Grid Communication Landscape - Power Line Communication Gaining Edge Over Wireless Communication

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Smart Grid Communication Landscape - Power Line Communication Gaining Edge Over Wireless Communication provides an analysis on the growing market for Powerline Communication (PLC) technology in comparison to wireless communication technology in the global smart grid communication industry. PLC technology has evolved as a cost-effective means for networking devices. The technology can be used to connect any electrical device in a smart grid, such as smart meters and home appliances, which makes it flexible for immediate implementation. Over the years, PLC technology has faced many barriers, such as noise interference. However, PLC has now been developed to support robust smart grid applications. PLC has become a cost effective solution for developing countries that are implementing smart grid technologies. Alliances and organizations like PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution (PRIME) and HomePlug have been formed to develop standards for PLC technology and support and promote cost effective power line networks and products. Due to the growing support from industries and utilities, the demand for PLC technology for smart grids is gaining momentum over wireless communication.

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									           Smart Grid Communication Landscape - Power Line
        Communication Gaining Edge Over Wireless Communication
       Reference Code: GDSG0036VPT                                                                                                            Publication Date: January 2012


       1         Table of Contents
       1 Table of Contents.................................................................1
        1.1 List of Tables .................................................................1
       2 Summary .............................................................................2
       3 Smart Grid Communication Landscape - Power Line
         Communication Gaining Edge Over Wireless
         Communication ....................................................................2
        3.1 Low-Cost Power Line Technology Finding Favor in
             Developing Countries ....................................................2
        3.2 Advancement in Technology Eliminating Barriers for
             PLC 3
        3.3 PLC is Flexible to Support Additional Functionalities ....3
        3.4 PLC Enables Easier Control of Energy .........................4
        3.5 Spread of Wireless Communication is Restricted to
             Certain Countries ..........................................................5
        3.6 Substitute Technologies in Wireless Communication
             Creating Uncertainty as to Long Term Prospects ..........5
       4 Appendix ..............................................................................6
        4.1 Abbreviations.................................................................6
        4.2 Methodology ..................................................................6
          4.2.1    Coverage..............................................................6
          4.2.2    Secondary Research ............................................6
          4.2.3    Primary Research ................................................6
          4.2.4    Modeling and Forecasting ....................................7
        4.3 Contact Us.....................................................................7
        4.4 Disclaimer......................................................................7



       1.1       List of Tables
       Table 1:       Abbreviations ............................................................6




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       2       Summary                                                       3.1     Low-Cost Power Line Technology Finding
       Using the existing power lines within a home or building to                   Favor in Developing Countries
       transmit data, power line communication (PLC) technology has          Smart grids in developing countries can reduce the
       evolved as a cost-effective means for networking devices. The         transmission and distribution losses and optimize the existing
       technology can be used to connect any electrical device in a          infrastructure. Many of the utilities in European and Asia-Pacific
       smart grid, such as smart meters and home appliances, which           countries are using PLC technology, which uses the existing
       makes it flexible for immediate implementation. Over the years,       power infrastructure for smart grid communication applications.
       PLC technology has faced many barriers, such as noise                 Italy's Enel, which has deployed more than 30 million smart
       interference. However, PLC has now been developed to                  meters, has used PLC technology to connect these meters.
       support robust smart grid applications. PLC has become a cost         Many of the major utilities in Europe, such as EDF, Endesa,
       effective solution for developing countries that are implementing     and Iberdrola, have implemented narrowband PLC technologies
       smart grid technologies. Alliances and organizations like             such as G3-PLC and PRIME, which they have developed and
       PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution (PRIME) and                  tested. It is also likely that some of these major players can
       HomePlug have been formed to develop standards for PLC                implement the same PLC technology in their subsidiary utility
       technology and support and promote cost effective power line          locations in South America and Latin America. Coelce, the
       networks and products. Due to the growing support from                Brazilian subsidiary of Endesa, began deploying the remote
       industries and utilities, the demand for PLC technology for           management technology developed by Enel/Endesa that uses
       smart grids is gaining momentum over wireless communication.          PLC technology for communication. China is also planning to
                                                                             use PLC technology to connect its households fitted with smart
       3       Smart Grid Communication Landscape
                                                                             meters. As the technology uses the existing power lines within a
               - Power Line Communication Gaining                            building or a power distribution network for data communication,
               Edge Over Wireless Communication                              it is often regarded as a cost effective technology for smart grid
       PLC technology has been common in power grids for quite               applications. A well designed PLC solution allows the devices to
       some time and is primarily used for telemetry purposes. In            use existing wiring for communication without the need for any
       recent years, the technology has become one of the better             rewiring or modification. The latest PLC protocol G3-PLC has
       options for enabling smart grid applications such as smart            the ability to bypass medium-voltage and low-voltage
       metering, electric vehicles (EVs), lighting control and home and      transformers. This ability can reduce the number of data
       building automation. The easy installation and low cost is the        concentrators, thereby reducing the equipment, installation cost
       major driver for this technology. PLC provides a cost efficient       and maintenance costs.
       approach when compared with wireless communication and                
								
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