Narrowband satelitte remotely monitors and controls power utility grids
Regulations, policies and the UN Sustainable Development Goals challenge utilities to improve their energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and use renewable energy sources. Utilities can become more sustainable by making electrical power grids smarter. This requires communication along the grid for power generation to power consumption. Simultaneously, power utilities need to expand their communications networks into rural and remote areas that require secure communications. Satellites are best equipped to provide coverage in remote areas.
Narrowband satellite connectivity for power utility grids in remote locations
Narrowband satellite connectivity is the optimal solution for remote monitoring, controlling, and surveillance of smart power grids.
TSAT’s narrowband satellite solution enables power utilities to cost-effectively and reliably connect even the most remote assets to important utility applications such as:
- Power line monitoring
- Transmission SCADA
- Substation Automation
- Distribution SCADA
- Distribution EMS
- Distribution Automation
- AMI (Smart metering) backhaul
- Hydro-Power generation SCADA
- Windfarm and solar farms SCADA
- Smart meter backhaul
- Security access control
TSAT integrates and complements terrestrial networks for power grids
To improve the overall grid availability, utilities need to implement communications solutions for their remote power generation and power substation facilities. Since the majority of utilities’ existing communications infrastructure is terrestrial the utility providers benefit from selecting a narrowband satellite solution to improve grid resilience. Satellites are less affected by the circumstances which cause terrestrial communications to fail.
Benefits with satellite communication for power utility grids
By deploying a TSAT based solution, utilities will:
Improve cyber security:
TSAT is implemented as a private network and is not connected to the internet. This increases cyber security at the power plant and on the power grid.
Low recurring cost:
TSAT tailors the satellite bandwidth to the user’s actual application need, thereby reducing the recurring costs. The cost-efficient operating model makes TSAT an affordable solution.
TSAT networks can be implemented with geo-redundant and load-sharing HUBs which ensures that the devices and applications are always connected.
Fortum Generation, a division of the Finnish Fortum energy group, operates more than 160 hydro-power facilities and wind farms across Sweden and Finland, generating more than 49TWh annually. The energy markets in the Nordic region have been deregulated. By selecting TSAT, Fortum has a unified and efficient communication technology infrastructure that enables Fortum to instantly respond to supply and demand, giving Fortum a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Ellevio (formerly Fortum Distribution) headquartered in Stockholm, delivers 20% of the power being consumed in Sweden. Their distribution networks are located throughout the country. The company has a strong focus on delivering power in a safe, reliable and cost-effective manner. Ellevio selected TSAT to deploy irrespective of distance, quickly and independent of public communications infrastructure.