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Title: Hybrid Communication Architectures for Distributed Smart Grid Applications

Wired and wireless communications both play an important role in the blend of communications technologies necessary to enable future smart grid communications. Hybrid networks exploit independent mediums to extend network coverage and improve performance. However, whereas individual technologies have been applied in simulation networks, as far as we know there is only limited attention that has been paid to the development of a suite of hybrid communication simulation models for the communications system design. Hybrid simulation models are needed to capture the mixed communication technologies and IP address mechanisms in one simulation. To close this gap, we have developed a suite of hybrid communication system simulation models to validate the critical system design criteria for a distributed solar Photovoltaic (PV) communications system, including a single trip latency of 300 ms, throughput of 9.6 Kbps, and packet loss rate of 1%. In conclusion, the results show that three low-power wireless personal area network (LoWPAN)-based hybrid architectures can satisfy three performance metrics that are critical for distributed energy resource communications.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [4]
  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States). Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  3. Univ. of Akron, OH (United States). Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  4. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States). Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-5D00-71447
Journal ID: ISSN 1996-1073; ENERGA
Grant/Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Energies (Basel)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Energies (Basel); Journal Volume: 11; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 1996-1073
Publisher:
MDPI AG
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; hybrid communication architecture; smart grid communication; distributed smart grid applications; NS3 simulator; PLC; LoWPAN; WiFi Mesh; WiMAX; ethernet
OSTI Identifier:
1436076

Zhang, Jianhua, Hasandka, Adarsh, Wei, Jin, Alam, S. M. Shafiul, Elgindy, Tarek, Florita, Anthony R., and Hodge, Bri-Mathias. Hybrid Communication Architectures for Distributed Smart Grid Applications. United States: N. p., Web. doi:10.3390/en11040871.
Zhang, Jianhua, Hasandka, Adarsh, Wei, Jin, Alam, S. M. Shafiul, Elgindy, Tarek, Florita, Anthony R., & Hodge, Bri-Mathias. Hybrid Communication Architectures for Distributed Smart Grid Applications. United States. doi:10.3390/en11040871.
Zhang, Jianhua, Hasandka, Adarsh, Wei, Jin, Alam, S. M. Shafiul, Elgindy, Tarek, Florita, Anthony R., and Hodge, Bri-Mathias. 2018. "Hybrid Communication Architectures for Distributed Smart Grid Applications". United States. doi:10.3390/en11040871. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1436076.
@article{osti_1436076,
title = {Hybrid Communication Architectures for Distributed Smart Grid Applications},
author = {Zhang, Jianhua and Hasandka, Adarsh and Wei, Jin and Alam, S. M. Shafiul and Elgindy, Tarek and Florita, Anthony R. and Hodge, Bri-Mathias},
abstractNote = {Wired and wireless communications both play an important role in the blend of communications technologies necessary to enable future smart grid communications. Hybrid networks exploit independent mediums to extend network coverage and improve performance. However, whereas individual technologies have been applied in simulation networks, as far as we know there is only limited attention that has been paid to the development of a suite of hybrid communication simulation models for the communications system design. Hybrid simulation models are needed to capture the mixed communication technologies and IP address mechanisms in one simulation. To close this gap, we have developed a suite of hybrid communication system simulation models to validate the critical system design criteria for a distributed solar Photovoltaic (PV) communications system, including a single trip latency of 300 ms, throughput of 9.6 Kbps, and packet loss rate of 1%. In conclusion, the results show that three low-power wireless personal area network (LoWPAN)-based hybrid architectures can satisfy three performance metrics that are critical for distributed energy resource communications.},
doi = {10.3390/en11040871},
journal = {Energies (Basel)},
number = 4,
volume = 11,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {4}
}