Europe can learn about power line comms from Asia
Europe has been slow to see the potential of power line communications, according to an executive at Singapore-based system supplier GridComm.
“In Asia the technology is being utilised in many industrial and metering applications and we expect the market size to reach 1 billion units in 15 years” Stewart Gebbie sales director of GridComm.
“Europe has been slow to take up the benefits of utilising existing cabling for peak load management of utilities data,” said Gebbie.
GridComm, a spin out from Australia’s Semitech Semiconductors, has appointed BT2000 to be their UK & Ireland distributor for a range of smart grid communications products.
BT2000 have been selected to develop the market in the UK & Ireland for GridComm, the products are being used in Smart Grid applications including Lighting controls, home appliances alternative energy and M2M data gathering throughout Asia.
GridComm Power Line Communication (PLC) modules and embedded software supports four different modes of operation- Point-to-Point, Simple Broadcast, Auto-Routing and Broadcast-over-Auto-Routing.
When in Auto-Routing or Broadcast-over-Auto-Routing mode, the software automatically configures the network and constantly adapting to the varying conditions on the power lines with the most optimal data routing paths.
When powered with a DC12V at 300mA power supply, it functions as a full system-level PLC modem. The GC9200 is a complete DIN rail unit and has Full FCC and CE approvals.
Both modules use an OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access) power line communication transceiver to provide robust communications up to 2km.
Gridcom’s GC8101 PLC Module and GC9200 DIN Rail version device is based on OFDMA technology, the GC8101 and GC9200 are designed with ultimate flexibility to operate in a wide range of noise-prone power line environments.