Using LoRaWAN technology to enhance remote power network monitoring

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Abstract

Future power networks will require much greater levels of machine-to-machine interaction to enable smart grid applications, and ultimately increase the efficiency of the power network. Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) technology enables the deployment of many new IoT solutions in areas such as controlling and monitoring assets, environmental sensing and location tracking. In this paper, a prototype low-cost LPWAN module is developed to be retrofitted to existing Fault Passage Indicators, creating a automatic remote detection and location system for medium voltage faults, reducing the time to find faults from hours to minutes. This prototype device was then tested on a physical 11kV overhead line network, where the device demonstrated it was robust and suitable for mass deployment on a live network. The finalised prototype module costs roughly 5% of a single FPI unit, and additionally features the ability to remotely reconfigure FPI making installation and maintenance more convenient.

Conference

ConferenceIEEE 89th Vehicular Technology Conference VTC2019-Spring
Abbreviated titleVTC2019-Spring
CountryMalaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
Period28/04/191/05/19
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Wide area networks
Overhead lines
Monitoring
Costs
Electric potential
Internet of things

Keywords

  • LoRaWAN
  • smart grids
  • security
  • communications

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McPherson, R., Hay, C., & Irvine, J. (2019). Using LoRaWAN technology to enhance remote power network monitoring. Paper presented at IEEE 89th Vehicular Technology Conference VTC2019-Spring, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
McPherson, Ross ; Hay, Craig ; Irvine, James. / Using LoRaWAN technology to enhance remote power network monitoring. Paper presented at IEEE 89th Vehicular Technology Conference VTC2019-Spring, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.5 p.
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McPherson, R, Hay, C & Irvine, J 2019, 'Using LoRaWAN technology to enhance remote power network monitoring' Paper presented at IEEE 89th Vehicular Technology Conference VTC2019-Spring, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28/04/19 - 1/05/19, .

Using LoRaWAN technology to enhance remote power network monitoring. / McPherson, Ross; Hay, Craig; Irvine, James.

2019. Paper presented at IEEE 89th Vehicular Technology Conference VTC2019-Spring, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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McPherson R, Hay C, Irvine J. Using LoRaWAN technology to enhance remote power network monitoring. 2019. Paper presented at IEEE 89th Vehicular Technology Conference VTC2019-Spring, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.