E.ON uses PPC’s broadband powerline technology in smart grid project


Henning Probst,
CEO, E.ON Westfalen
Weser AG
Paderborn and Mannheim, Germany — (METERING.COM) — December 15, 2010 – Broadband powerline (BPL) communication systems provider Power Plus Communications AG has taken on a key role within the smart grid project of E.ON Westfalen Weser AG to facilitate an extension of Cisco’s Connected Grid Solution.

E.ON Westfalen Weser is currently trialing smart grid technology within its network of 1.3 million inhabitants and PPC’s medium voltage BPL solution has connected substations in the project using the existing power grid.

Using BPL technology, standard compliant and IP-based data transfer rates of 5-30 Mbit/s can easily be achieved via the medium voltage cable itself. Within E.ON’s smart grid project, PPC’s medium voltage technology facilitated the extension of Cisco’s Connected Grid Solution. The Cisco smart grid router and switches used in the project are highly compatible with BPL networks, providing a real cost advantage over fiber optic networks, which can be much more expensive where cables are not pre-existing

By combining their technology at Westfalen Weser, PPC and Cisco have ensured the evolution of fast and efficient smart grids which are controlled on an IP basis. This increases the reliability of the power grid, fulfills regulations and drives down costs. At the same time this modern smart grids communications technology makes it possible to effectively integrate renewable energy into the grid.

“With the help of BPL technology we have had an outstanding opportunity to achieve a future-proof communications infrastructure in our medium voltage grid,” commented Henning Probst, CEO of E.ON Westfalen Weser AG. “With it, we have become technological forerunners and have become highly flexible in our application.”

In the pilot project using BPL technology on the 20 kV level, E.ON Westfalen Weser has achieved an average bandwidth of more than 13 Mbps with 24 ms latency.

E.ON Westfalen Weser operates electricity, gas and water distribution networks in the growing regions of Ostwestfalen-Lippe and Southern Lower Saxony.