Funding Projects

FRIA GRANT – Christopher Wawrzyniak

01/01/2015-30/09/2018 - 1 partners
  • Funding agency: FNRS-FRIA

  • Coordinator(s): UMONS

  • Department Contribution:

  • Administrative responsible(s): P. Mégret;

  • Scientific responsible(s): V. Moeyaert;

  • Scientific collaborator(s): C. Wawrzyniak;

  • Related UMONS Cluster(s): Cluster TI;

  • Summary of the project: Concerns about the worldwide energy crisis require the use of renewable energy as an alternative to fossil fuels whose resources are dwindling. As part of electrical networks, these energies are characterized by a fluctuating behaviour difficult to predict. Therefore, in order to contribute to the efficiency of these networks, much emphasis was assigning to the concept of the "Smart Grid" and "Smart Metering" in Low and Medium Voltage (LV and MV) networks. Within these networks, control equipments have an impact in the development of Power Line Communication (PLC) technologies. It is prosed in this project to study the influence of the Smart Grid control systems on the PLC channel in the case of LV and MV networks and evaluate their impact on the channel capacity. The dynamic study of impedance variations caused by control equipments and power and perturbations injections in the electrical network will be achieved. The impact of this variation on the channel transfer function and its capacity will also be analysed. Also, the metrology and development of impedance measurement setups and network monitoring equipment into the frequency band of the broadband PLC will be implemented to develop realist impedance models. The metrology of LV and MV networks cables and the implementation of channel transfer function and crosstalk models will also be studied. Finally, in order to improve communication performances, MIMO transfer function model will be investigated and its integration into a G3-PLC simulator will be performed to analyse the system performances whose will be compared with those provided by the SISO system. Industrial purpose of this project is to allow the network manager to have an estimation of the PLC communication robustness in the current operating environment of distribution networks. This information is vital to ensure reliable "real-time" coordination of control devices and modern networks monitoring.