Brazil smart grid project to create communication protocol by 2016

Brazil smart grid project Sibmah
Brazil smart grid: The Sibmah project aims to create a Brazilian communication protocol for all domestic metering rollouts

In Latin America, Brazil expects to complete a communication protocol for smart grid interoperability by the end of 2016.

Brazil’s advanced metering project, known as Sibmah, is a platform that aims to standardise different types of smart meter as part of the country’s future smart grid.

John Acyr, business development manager at distribution company Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL Distribution), reports that the first phase of the Sibmah protocol is complete.

Mr Acyr said the second phase is already underway with developers able to test their solutions.

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Acyr said a uniquely Brazilian communication standard will make the difference between projects being financially viable or not.

He explains: “The existence of this protocol will be critical to the viability or not of a project. For example, if utilities have to customise their server software for the meter, this will result in increased expenditure so that the project becomes unfeasible.

“With a model tailored to the needs of Brazil, there is no risk of further developments.”

Acyr said Brazil needs to create good conditions to grow sustainable intelligent networks. “The key words are interchangeability and interoperability. It means all equipment and protocols must talk to each other not requiring further development. For that to happen we need a public open protocol. ”

Smart grid suppliers will pay to conduct field tests with the protocol but “the idea is [Sibmah] is public, and not a burden on protocol applicators”.

Acyr will present a case study on the Sibmah protocol project at Latin American Utility Week, taking place 23-25 September at the Transamerica Expo Center in São Paulo.