Smart Grid 3.0
Smart Grid 1.0 – Today’s First Steps
Much of the hype around Smart Grid improvements to date has focused on simply adding a secondary communication channel, typically cellular, to the function of reading electric meters. This leaves many objectives of a true Smart Grid unsatisfied:
- Complete end to end visibility of the grid for Grid Location Awareness™, including real time phase and feeder data
- Determination of load service status like power outage, quality and service point voltage
- The ability to control loads for green energy consumption and peak load shedding
Smart Grid 2.0 – Grid Resident Intelligence
Each of today’s Smart Grid applications require a dedicated communications channel. Missing is the two way communication that the ultimate Smart Grid requires for a broad range of applications. Power Tagging holds the key to the highest level of communication across the grid, as the “digital tags” can track and record real-time information traveling through the power line itself.
Smart Grid 2.0 delivers the grid resident and Grid Location Aware™ communications to intelligently light up the distribution grid. Contemporary computer systems are equipped with the ability to monitor the status of the computer system itself. These capabilities can be used to remotely control or manage a multiplicity of device and network characteristics. The use of VirtuGrid™ technology allows grid-resident devices to autonomously monitor, report, and react to instantaneous conditions inside the grid infrastructure in much the same way computer systems and networks do today.
Smart Grid 3.0 – Grid Leveraged Applications
Power Tagging has opened up a new horizon for Smart Grid abilities. By completing the necessary elements to make the grid completely manageable, the completion of the Smart Grid 3.0 is a reality. A Grid Location Aware™ deployment allows for the extension of applications that take full advantage of the grid resident intelligence. Applications that include:
- GLA Demand Side Management™ that is fully aware of feeder and phase of loads to be shed
- Intelligent management of electric vehicles for smart roaming and load balancing
- CVR that is continuously optimized in real time