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Distributed photonic instrumentation for smart grids

Orr, Philip and Booth, Campbell and Fusiek, Grzegorz and Niewczas, Pawel and Dysko, Adam and Kawano, Fumio and Beaumont, Phil (2013) Distributed photonic instrumentation for smart grids. In: 2013 IEEE International Workshop on Applied Measurements for Power Systems (AMPS), 2013-09-25 - 2013-09-26.

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Abstract

Photonic sensor networks possess the unique potential to provide the instrumentation infrastructure required in future smart grids by simultaneously addressing the issues of metrology and communications. In contrast to established optical CT/VT technology, recent developments at the University of Strathclyde in distributed point sensors for electrical and mechanical parameters demonstrate an enormous potential for realizing novel and effective monitoring and protection strategies for intelligent electrical networks and systems. In this paper, we review this technology and its capabilities, and describe recent work in power system monitoring and protection using hybrid electro-optical sensors. We show that wide-area visibility of multiple electrical and mechanical parameters from a single central location may be achieved using this technology, and discuss the implications for smart grid instrumentation.