4G and WiMAX for the Smart Grid: Enabling Access, Applications and Affordability
- ID: 1198733
- February 2010
- 72 Pages
- Mind Commerce LLC
Any smart grid is a telecommunications network for the utility and the communities it serves. 4G technologies provide any power utility with the most cost effective technology in monitoring the grid from power production to power consumption. Not only will a 4G smart grid read meters, they will also provide a range of cost saving services to the utility and the community as a whole. Mind Commerce's new research 4G and WiMAX for the Smart Grid: Enabling Access, Applications and Affordability proposes WiMAX as a Last Mile or "Access" solution to provide a range of smart grid solutions or "Applications" which, when compared with other smart grid technologies such as Broadband over Power Line (BPL) come in at less than half the cost per household reached offering industry leading "Affordability" figures.
The research indicates that given the dilemma of US Department of energy awarding billions of dollars in smart grid grants while standards making bodies dither in providing the industry with standards, the power industry should look to the latest and greatest standards in telecommunications (Internet Protocol and 4G technologies such as WiMAX) to take advantage of federal dollars available for smart grid deployments while saving money on operating expenses. In addition, the deployment of a 4G network would enable the utility to offer wholesale and retail telecommunications services contributing new revenue streams for the utility while shortening the Return on Investment (ROI).
Any utility manager studying their smart grid options is no doubt concerned about the security of any smart grid network (foreign agents have been known to attempt to hack some parts of the US power grid), Quality of Service (QoS) issues, reliability of the technology and the potential for harmful interference to take down their smart grid network. This publication tackles those objections head-on in easy-to-understand language addressing both Last Mile and Middle Mile portions of a 4G smart grid network.
Most importantly, the paper analyses a BPL deployment in Boulder, Colorado where the power utility deployed a BPL-based smart grid at a cost of $1,000 per household reached. The research finds that a more powerful, mobile, 4G, standards-based network could have been deployed at a cost of $440 per household reached. The financial analysis offers a worksheet for power utilities to determine return on investment.
With its exhaustive analysis of 4G and smart grid, there is no other research currently available as comprehensive as 4G and WiMAX for the Smart Grid: Enabling Access, Applications and Affordability.
- 4G Smart Grid can be deployed at half the cost of broadband over Power Line (BPL) via an off-the-shelf solution
- Incremental revenue streams can be enjoyed via wholesaling telecommunications services supported by 4G smart grid applications
- 4G smart grid solutions provide utilities with cost savings on internal operations (mobile work force applications, etc)
- Ubiquitous broadband services can be realized through the deployment of 4G in the power utilities' market providing greater efficiencies for smart grid subsidies
- Power utilities companies
- Renewable energy companies
- Telecommunications service providers
- Telecommunications vendors seeking entry to the smart grid market
- Government regulatory authorities
-Power sector vendors
- Telecommunications and utility investors
Keywords: Smart Grid, WiMAX, Broadband over Power Line, Broadband over Powerline, Broadband Powerline, BPL, WiMAX Applications, WiMAX ROI, 4G, 4G Applications, Utilities, Electric Power Management, Electric Utilities, Wireless Broadband SHOW LESS READ MORE >
Executive summary -The 3 A's
Access: 4G as Smart Grid Access Technology
What is a 4G Network?
Standards Based Equipment
4G and Smart Grid
4G Last Mile Access: What is WiMAX?
Fixed vs. Mobile WiMAX
Utility Manager Objections to WiMAX
Good Quality of Service
WiMAX is not Wi-Fi
WiMAX Base Stations
USB, netbooks, femtocells
Link budget and building penetration
4G Backhaul Overview
Wireless Middle Mile Solutions
Considerations for Wireless Middle Mile
Licensed Microwave Wireless Backhaul Solutions
Licenses protect the links
Gigabit Ethernet Wireless Backhaul Solutions
Quality of Service (QoS)
Ease of Licensing: E-Band in the US
Wireless Backhaul Considerations
Comparisons with Fiber
APPLICATIONS FOR A 4G SMART GRID
What does a utility need?
Meter reading, remote turn-on/turn-off
Grid physical security
Monitoring and metering distributed generation
AFFORDABILITY: COST PER HOUSEHOLD REACHED
Capital Expenditures: Cost per Subscriber or Household Reached
Unconventional Revenue Streams