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Global partnership targets EV charging apps

Posted: 07 Oct 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart grid  power line  partnerships 

In support of G3-PLC, 12 A major players in the European smart grid industry have formed a global partnership that aims to support the deployment of the said power line communications protocol.

The partnership, which was announced at the Metering Europe Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, includes Enexis, ERDF, Maxim Integrated Products, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Cisco, Itron, Landis & Gyr, Nexans, Sagemcom and Trialog.

The Power Line Communications (PLC) technology transmits digital information through electrical power lines using OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) and is said to be the most reliable, secure and cost effective mode of communication for the smart grid. This new technology has been adopted as the basis for several major standards such as IEEE, ITU and IEC/CENELEC, which offer interoperability with the current G3-PLC specification available today.

The alliance was formed to support G3-PLC's rapid adoption by utilities worldwide in various smart grid applications such as automatic metre management, EV charging, home energy management, lighting control and grid monitoring.

The principal goals of the alliance are as follows: promote G3-PLC in internationally-recognised standards organisations (IEEE, ITU, IEC, ISO, etc.); promote G3-PLC technical features, performance, and overall value; organise certification tests and programmes; organise and operate the industry users group to maintain the G3-PLC specification; and ensure interoperability and support utilities in the deployment of the new G3-PLC communications protocol in their respective countries.

The G3-PLC operates in 10 to 490kHz frequency bands and is compliant with CENELEC, FCC and ARIB regulatory bodies.

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