Petach Tikvah, Israel — (METERING.COM) — August 31, 2011 – The newly established Israeli Smart Grid Consortium is to focus its activities on communications and energy monitoring and control from generation through transmission and distribution to the home area network, the group has announced.
The Consortium, which is comprised of seven Israeli companies and five national universities, has the goal of developing next generation unified communication and smart grid management networks for utilities, and has been awarded support by the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) through its Magnet program.
The Consortium’s research activities will include:
- Developing distributed architectures and topologies to allow scalability, survivability and resiliency of utilities’ communications networks
- Forecasting models for consumption and demand response control mechanisms
- Developing technologies and protocols for real time prediction, monitoring and control of potential failures, automatic isolation and self healing of communication and electricity networks
- Advanced monitoring of electricity quality for grid stability and methods for local and decentralized network management
- Optimizing powerline communication’s (PLC) effectiveness and capacity.
The Consortium has already initiated its activities and will continue for the next three to five years. It will work closely with and contribute to international industry standard organizations dealing with smart grid, including ANSI, ETSI, IEC 62056 and DLMS/COSEM, as well as with electrical power companies around the world.
“By working with leading companies in this field, we are able to incorporate their practical experience and input into our research, and we can conversely provide them with the expertise to develop the necessary algorithms and models to address critical issues such as reliability, vulnerability, self healing networks, monitoring and control,” commented Prof. Danny Dolev of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. “It’s a win-win situation for this field.”