Smart Grid Control
As electrical power grids evolve towards smart grids, areas of automation include advanced HVDC transmission and AC grid monitoring and control as well as the ability to handle distributed alternative power generation that varies in amount of power generated throughout the day. The automation to accommodate smart grid control and switching is requiring better control communications and new power control elements.
Example applications in smart grid systems include communication between different control elements using optical fiber or electrically isolated links, control of IGBT or power MOSFET drivers in remote rectifier, inverter, and AC switching equipment, fiber-based optically powered current transducers (OPCTs), control of remote solenoids, and GPS integration for precise time and location information.
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