Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2017, Volume: 10, Issue: 5, Pages: 1-5
N. Krishna Prakash1* and B. Surjith2
1Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amrita University, Coimbatore - 641112, Tamil Nadu, India; [email protected] 2University of Colorado, Boulder, United States; [email protected]
*Author for the correspondence:
N. Krishna Prakash
Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amrita University, Coimbatore - 641112, Tamil Nadu, India; [email protected]
Objectives: Continuous monitoring and automation of the system is required for improving the efficiency and safety of the grid. This paper implements a remote monitoring system for smart grids using Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN). Methods: A wireless data logging system which monitors current, voltage and frequency of a micro grid prototype including grid, wind and solar is designed and implemented. The data is acquired and sent wirelessly to a personal computer. Findings: The experimental results show that the measured parameters match the rated quantities of the miniature smart grid. The calibrated module along with the wireless node communicates the monitored parameters to the base station at periodic intervals. Applications: Presently, wind and solar power generators are available in small ratings and this has created a new revolution in the field of energy production and distribution. So there is a need for determining the various parameters such as voltage and current of these small scale generators simultaneously for the purpose of monitoring and analysis.
Keywords: FPGA, Remote Monitoring, Smart Grid, Wireless Sensor Networks
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