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Title: Performance evaluation of powerline technology on low voltage distribution networks
Author: Wills, Lister
Awarding Body: Open University
Current Institution: Open University
Date of Award: 2013
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Powerline technology (PL T) employs the electrical distribution network to transmit data in addition to supplying power. PL T is currently employed to provide data networking in many domestic environments, and is expected to play a major part in the development of the forthcoming Smart Grid. Given that the electrical distribution network was not designed with data transmission in mind, electromagnetic radiation from the network can give rise to interference. Regulators and researchers have considered the impact of such widespread radiation, and investigations of the various aspects of powerline have been conducted over the last decade. Despite this prolonged period, however, there remains a lack of agreement on the typical performance of such networks or the implications for regulation policy. An accurate model of the radio frequency (RF) properties of the typical electrical distribution network would be extremely valuable in developing standards and informing policy. The aim of this thesis is to provide a cohesive approach to determining the RF characteristics of a typical domestic property and applying such parameters to model the performance of PL T. The thesis reviews the recent development of broadband PL T, the progress made by the more prominent regulators, and the trials undertaken to define the key parameters affecting propagation. A detailed experimental programme carried out both in the laboratory and at typical sites is described.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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