Complete electricity line monitoring smart grid solution released


Dallas, TX, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — August 25, 2009 – To provide a reliable, accurate and energy efficient smart grid solution for electricity line monitoring, Texas Instruments Incorporated’s embedded processing and analog technology has been selected as the preferred solution by Optisense Network, Inc. for its primary measuring units (PMUs).

TI’s TMS320C2000™ microcontroller and high performance analog technology enables a complete monitoring solution that gives utilities real-time visibility of primary voltage lines. The PMU can be configured for primary metering, distribution automation, outage restoration, energy efficiency and power quality. The combination of Optisense’s optical sensors and PMUs provides utilities with greater grid security and reliability as well as increased visibility for faster power outage response. Additionally, utilities are able to realize optimized power flows that increase capacity and energy efficiency, helping recover 25 percent of total load loss.

“Our unique combination of optical sensors and dual processors on a single chip provide power line measurements (voltage and current) in digital format, giving the processor flexibility for system wide grid reliability and efficiency,” said Yossi Harlev, CEO/CTO of Optisense. “TI analog and embedded processing technology enables interface, actuation and power handling with reduced footprint and lower power consumption for a smooth transition from legacy systems to a complete smart grid solution.”

“With the integration of TI’s C2000™ MCU and analog technology, Optisense’s highly accurate smart grid solution can execute real-time measurement, analysis and control,” said Emmanuel Sambuis, general manager of TI’s metering business unit. “TI is committed to providing innovative solutions that enable developers to drive smarter grid solutions for improved accuracy and efficiency.”

Optisense’s smart grid solution has been installed at Alabama Power and in the city of Bridgeport, Texas. In addition, ten power companies have committed to deployment of sensors and controls. These solutions are available for overhead as well as underground configurations, which enables lower footprint of wind farms and other renewable energy sources.