IEEE Progresses P1901.2 Low Frequency Narrowband Power Line Standard For Smart Grid Applications
IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) announced the IEEE P1901.2 Low Frequency (less than 500 kHz) Narrow Band Power Line Communications Working Group (WG) made significant progress with the draft standard during its recent meeting in Las Vegas, 11-15 April. To continue the momentum, the diverse cross-industry body of members will assemble again at the next IEEE P1901.2 WG meeting being held 6-10 June 2011 in Sicily, Italy. Details of the meeting can be found by on the P1901.2 Working Group page.
IEEE P1901.2 draft standard specifies communications for low frequency (less than 500 kHz) narrowband power line devices via alternating current and direct current electric power lines. It supports indoor and outdoor communications over low voltage line (between transformer and meter, less than 1000V), through transformer low-voltage to medium-voltage (1000V up to 72kV) and through transformer medium-voltage to low-voltage power lines in both urban and in long distance (multi- kilometer) rural communications. This standard addresses grid to utility meter, electric vehicle to charging station, and within home area networking communications scenarios. Lighting and solar panel power line communications are also potential uses of this communications standard.