Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Siemens sets a standard for smart metering powerline data communication

07.08.2015

In intelligent power supply networks – smart grids – the quality of data transmission from digital meters to the power supply company is playing an increasingly important role. To make sure data is smoothly transmitted via lines in the power grid, it must be ensured that this transmission is also possible with equipment and transmission systems from different manufacturers. Siemens has developed the CX1 data transport profile for this purpose, and it is well on its way to becoming the international standard for open, secure, and fault-tolerant data communication via powerline for smart metering in intelligent power supply grids.

The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, CEN/CENELEC, has completed the standardization process with the publication of the CX1 standardization documents CLC/TS 50590 and CLC/TS 52056-8-7. With this step, Siemens has positioned CX1 as the universal international standard for powerline communication (PLC) that can be used independently of frequency band in medium and low-voltage networks.

"With the positioning of our CX1 standard, we are pursuing the goal of supporting the rapid introduction of smart metering technologies in smart grids based on a reliable, economical transmission technology," said Thomas Zimmermann, CEO of the Siemens Smart Grid Solutions & Services Business Unit.

Intelligent power supply grids, also referred to as smart grids, are designed to increase efficiency and to compensate for the highly fluctuating power that is fed from solar, wind, and biogas plants into the existing power supply networks. To accomplish this, a large number of sensors and actuators must be installed in the supply networks and linked using communication technology.

Along with grid sensors that are installed in the grid to record grid status data, smart meters can be used as information and communication gateways in households. In addition to recording energy consumption data, the devices also collect information about network quality and then relay the information to the utility company's energy management system.

This data can then be used to control the power supply grid. Distribution line carrier communication protocols (DLC) such as Siemens CX1 use the existing power lines to transmit information relating to consumption and the grid. For economic reasons, many utility companies choose to use DLC communication protocols to save the additional investment costs associated with providing an additional communications infrastructure.

Developed by Siemens in Austria, CX1 is a communications protocol that is based on spread spectrum modulation, in which multiple frequencies within the same frequency band are used simultaneously to transmit a single signal. This means that interference, which often occurs at certain frequencies, has only a negligible effect on signal transmission. In addition, through automatic routing of the communications links, the communications protocol can handle any change in the physical communication parameters of a low-voltage power supply grid, such as signal attenuation, noise, network disruption and signal coupling, as well as operational changes in network configuration.

No engineering of the communication network is required for CX1, and the protocol offers ample scope for the integration of additional transmission protocols as well as of future smart grid functions, such as the secure transmission of control signals. Furthermore, it can be integrated into existing IEC-protocol-based network automation and energy management infrastructures.

Siemens has implemented the CX1 standard in AMIS, a smart metering solution that is currently being rolled out nationwide by a large Austrian distribution system operator. In what is currently the largest CX1 installation worldwide, more than 150,000 end devices have already been installed in households. Thanks to the extremely high communications availability, the recorded smart metering measurement values are transferred to the control center with an extremely high degree of fulfillment. CX1 is the latest generation DLC communications protocol and is already being used in numerous projects.

For further information on Division Energy Management, please see www.siemens.com/energy-management

Further information on control center solutions is available at
http://w3.siemens.com/smartgrid/global/en/products-systems-solutions/smart-metering/Pages/overview.aspx


Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of combined cycle turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2014, which ended on September 30, 2014, Siemens generated revenue from continuing operations of €71.9 billion and net income of €5.5 billion. At the end of September 2014, the company had around 343,000 employees worldwide on a continuing basis.

Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com


Reference Number: PR2015080301EMEN


Contact
Mr. Dietrich Biester
Energy Management Division
Siemens AG

Freyeslebenstr. 1

91058 Erlangen

Germany

Tel: +49 (9131) 7-33559

dietrich.biester​@siemens.com

Dietrich Biester | Siemens Energy Management

More articles from Power and Electrical Engineering:

nachricht Electromagnetic water cloak eliminates drag and wake
12.12.2017 | Duke University

nachricht Two holograms in one surface
12.12.2017 | California Institute of Technology

All articles from Power and Electrical Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Long-lived storage of a photonic qubit for worldwide teleportation

MPQ scientists achieve long storage times for photonic quantum bits which break the lower bound for direct teleportation in a global quantum network.

Concerning the development of quantum memories for the realization of global quantum networks, scientists of the Quantum Dynamics Division led by Professor...

Im Focus: Electromagnetic water cloak eliminates drag and wake

Detailed calculations show water cloaks are feasible with today's technology

Researchers have developed a water cloaking concept based on electromagnetic forces that could eliminate an object's wake, greatly reducing its drag while...

Im Focus: Scientists channel graphene to understand filtration and ion transport into cells

Tiny pores at a cell's entryway act as miniature bouncers, letting in some electrically charged atoms--ions--but blocking others. Operating as exquisitely sensitive filters, these "ion channels" play a critical role in biological functions such as muscle contraction and the firing of brain cells.

To rapidly transport the right ions through the cell membrane, the tiny channels rely on a complex interplay between the ions and surrounding molecules,...

Im Focus: Towards data storage at the single molecule level

The miniaturization of the current technology of storage media is hindered by fundamental limits of quantum mechanics. A new approach consists in using so-called spin-crossover molecules as the smallest possible storage unit. Similar to normal hard drives, these special molecules can save information via their magnetic state. A research team from Kiel University has now managed to successfully place a new class of spin-crossover molecules onto a surface and to improve the molecule’s storage capacity. The storage density of conventional hard drives could therefore theoretically be increased by more than one hundred fold. The study has been published in the scientific journal Nano Letters.

Over the past few years, the building blocks of storage media have gotten ever smaller. But further miniaturization of the current technology is hindered by...

Im Focus: Successful Mechanical Testing of Nanowires

With innovative experiments, researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrums Geesthacht and the Technical University Hamburg unravel why tiny metallic structures are extremely strong

Light-weight and simultaneously strong – porous metallic nanomaterials promise interesting applications as, for instance, for future aeroplanes with enhanced...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

See, understand and experience the work of the future

11.12.2017 | Event News

Innovative strategies to tackle parasitic worms

08.12.2017 | Event News

AKL’18: The opportunities and challenges of digitalization in the laser industry

07.12.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Plasmonic biosensors enable development of new easy-to-use health tests

14.12.2017 | Health and Medicine

New type of smart windows use liquid to switch from clear to reflective

14.12.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

BigH1 -- The key histone for male fertility

14.12.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>