Monitoring Feeders Just Outside Substations
Distribution utilities may not have communications to all substations. For some smaller substations it may not be cost effective to add communications and automation, or substations may be owned by a transmission and generation utility. Intelligent line sensors are a cost-effective way to add monitoring to feeders exiting these substations.
Sentient Energy’s Grid Analytics SystemTM
How It Works
- Integrated communications – Sentient Energy’s overhead line sensors include built-in cellular or RF Mesh communications. By eliminating the need for installation of communication gateways near each sensor location, sensor deployment is simplified.
- Sensor powering – The MM3 sensors are line powered and deployed on feeder lines with 10A or more of continuous current.
- Ample Analytics Platform – Ample software collects data from sensors and provides visualization of the sensor network and system data. When a fault occurs the MM3 sensors immediately notify Ample of the fault and capture waveform data at 130 samples per cycle for fault analysis.
When a distribution utility lacks substation communications, intelligent line sensors on the feeders just outside the substation are a valuable alternative solution for increased system visibility and valuable data that help grid operators make data-driven operational decisions to improve reliability.