German and Chinese researchers collaborate on PLC systems for smart grids


Prof. Gerd
Bumiller, HRW
Mülheim an der Ruhr and Bottrop, Germany — (METERING.COM) — November 1, 2012 – The Hochschule Ruhr West, University of Applied Sciences has signed a research agreement with China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) to develop a new generation of powerline communication systems for smart grid applications.

Under the agreement, Chinese scientist Hongjian Gao will work at the Institute of Computer Science at HRW (Bottrop) for two years.

The cooperation between Hochschule Ruhr West, under the management of Prof. Gerd Bumiller, and CEPRI is initially planned for a two-year period.

The scientists are primarily concerned with the research and development of key technologies for increasing reliability, accessibility and real time capability. The new system is intended for a broad range of smart grid applications, including real time and security relevant applications, on the power distribution network at medium and low voltage levels.

Collaboration between the two organizations will ensure the results are quickly incorporated into the definition and standardization of the technology for the Chinese market. Based on this, the results will also be incorporated into an international standardization of the technology.

“Germany is China’s biggest European trade partner, which presents enormous potential for my research fields of powerline communication and smart grids,” commented Bumiller, who is professor of Energy and Information Technology at HRW. “Through this direct partnership, we can maintain the necessary level of expertise for continued successful access to the Chinese market.”

“Smart grids represent one of the most important industrial sectors in China this century and reliable PLC technology will significantly contribute to their quick design and distribution,” added Dr Weilin Liu, project manager at CEPRI. “We are looking forward to collaborating with Hochschule Ruhr West in this field. The expertise of both partners will set an important foundation for the success of our joint research endeavours.”