Emerging Trends in SDN

Distributed Intelligence with Centralized Management

by Palak Parikh and Vijay Muthukrishnan, GE Grid Solutions, Canada, Martin Hand, ESB Networks, Ireland

Today's traditional power distribution grid infrastructure requires a significant overhaul due to growing interconnections of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), aging of the existing infrastructure, and pressure to reduce overall life cycle cost of the system. Existing distribution feeder Protection, Automation and Control (PAC) with a fit-and-forget strategy has immense disparity among deployed devices/solutions with proprietary communication infrastructure; Therefore, the majority of the distribution network is limited by dispersed monitoring points for traditional SCADA/DMS (Distribution Management System) and manual control.  More

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