Utilities across the globe are challenged by regulatory policies to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and integrate renewable energy sources. Achieving compliance with these policies will in part be realized by making the electrical grid smarter (Smart Power Grids) through grid automation initiatives, which will require communication along the grid from where power is generated all the way to the consumer. Utilities will be challenged in extending their communications network into the rural and remote corners of their service areas.
A TSAT satellite solution will enable a utility to cost-effectively and reliably connect even the most remote assets to enable important utility applications such as:
- Transmission SCADA
- Substation Automation
- Distribution SCADA/EMS
- Distribution Automation
- AMI (Smart metering) backhaul
- Hydro-Power generation SCADA
- Wind/solar farm SCADA
To improve the overall grid availability, utilities will need to implement redundant communications solutions for their generation and substation facilities. Since the majority of utility’s existing communications infrastructure is terrestrial based, it makes sense to select a satellite. Satellite generally is not affected by the circumstances which cause terrestrial communications to fail.
By deploying a TSAT based solution, utilities will be realizing important benefits such as:
Improved cyber security, since TSAT is implemented as a private network, not connected to the internet.
Low recurring cost, since TSAT will tailor satellite bandwidth to actual application throughout requirements.
Maximum uptime, since TSAT networks can be implemented with geo-redundant and load-sharing HUBs.