Complete smart grid solution

Providing utility companies with a reliable, accurate and energy-efficient smart grid solution for electricity line monitoring, Optisense Network, Inc. has selected Texas Instruments Incorporateds (TI) (NYSE: TXN) embedded processing and analog technology as the preferred solution for its primary measuring units (PMU). TIs 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 Optisenses 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. 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 TIs C2000 MCU and analog technology, Optisenses highly accurate smart grid solution can execute real-time measurement, analysis and control, said Emmanuel Sambuis, general manager, metering business unit. TI is committed to providing innovative solutions that enable developers to drive smarter grid solutions for improved accuracy and efficiency.

TI’s comprehensive utility metering portfolio includes devices targeted at electricity, water and gas metering, as well as power line communications (PLC) and radio frequency (RF) interfaces for advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) that allow customers to design smart grid solutions. From highly optimized application specific embedded processors, low power RF, high-performance analog, power management and RFID to dedicated software support for ZigBee, 6LoWPAN, WMBUS, OFDM and SFSK modulations, TI offers the most complete solution set for smart metering.

Optisenses 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.