Smart Grid Automation


Firecomms fiber optic solutions deliver on the communication needs in the modern smart grid environment, meeting the needs of both utility managers and equipment designers. As utility managers employ the latest techniques to measure and optimize grid load factors to economically manage electricity demand and supply, equipment designers must ensure that the reliability of control and protection information within the modern transmission and substation network not be compromised by the harsh environment in which these applications operate. Firecomms has developed light sources and communications ICs with the deep understanding of the needs of smart grid transmission and distribution networks. Our light sources use Resonant Cavity LED (RCLED) technology to ensure the strongest optical output at the lowest currents while preserving stability after decades of operation. Our robust receiver topologies guarantee error-free transmission every time.


Benefits of Firecomms Fiber Optics for Smart Grid Automation Applications

Firecomms products with Plastic Optical or Plastic Clad Fiber (POF/PCS) links offer many advantages in smart grid and substation automation applications:

  • EMI/RFI immunity ideal for harsh and noisy environments, such as high voltage rectifier control and HV DC inverters and power supplies
  • Galvanic isolation between transmitter and receiver, ideal for complying with, or extending creepage and clearance distance requirements
  • Visible spectrum operation enables eye-safe, fast troubleshooting
  • Low power consumption, transmitters capable of operation at 3-4mA
  • Durable, flexible and lightweight
  • Resilient to bending and vibrations
  • High reliability for extended machine uptime
  • Industrial temperature in range of -40 to +85ºC
  • Reduced maintenance cycle time provides up to a 20-year lifecycle on transceivers and cables
  • Simplified field installation for easy termination of large core optical fibers in custom distances


Related Documents

Smart Grid Automation Solutions Guide


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