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dc.contributor.authorAalamifar, Fariba
dc.contributor.otherQueen's University (Kingston, Ont.). Theses (Queen's University (Kingston, Ont.))en
dc.date2012-04-30 15:31:43.471en
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-01T15:39:01Z
dc.date.available2012-05-01T15:39:01Z
dc.date.issued2012-05-01
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/7178
dc.descriptionThesis (Master, Electrical & Computer Engineering) -- Queen's University, 2012-04-30 15:31:43.471en
dc.description.abstractThere is an international effort to develop smart grids to overcome the problems caused by aging power grids. However, to immigrate to the new grid, the IT infrastructure has to be integrated with the current power grid. There is currently an ongoing debate surrounding what would be the best choice for smart grid communication technology. One of the promising communication technologies for smart grid realization is powerline communication (PLC). PLC provides utilities the opportunity of managing their own network infrastructure. Power cables are everywhere; even rural areas are covered with power cables. However, because of its noisy environment and the low capacity of narrowband powerline communication (NBPLC), its viability for smart grid realization is being questioned. To investigate this issue, smart grid communication network requirements and powerline communication technologies and channel models are studied. Then, using MATLAB and Network Simulator-2, powerline communication and a smart grid communication network (SGCN) are simulated. The performance of different powerline channels for smart grid realization is investigated and a viable PLC infrastructure for smart grid communication network is proposed. Furthermore, to have a better understanding of the viability of powerline communication for the smart grid, some future smart grid advanced applications are investigated and integrated to the system. It is shown that although two types of powerline channels do not perform well, the proposed powerline communication infrastructure, even under advanced traffic, is capable of providing the smart grid with its communication prerequisites.en_US
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dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian thesesen
dc.rightsThis publication is made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws without written authority from the copyright owner.en
dc.subjectPowerline Communicationen_US
dc.subjectSmart Griden_US
dc.titleViability of Powerline Communication for Smart Grid Realizationen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeMasteren
dc.contributor.supervisorHassanein, Hossam S.en
dc.contributor.supervisorTakahara, Glenen
dc.contributor.departmentElectrical and Computer Engineeringen


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