Automatic Meter Reading and Load Management Using Power Line Carrier Communication
|M V Aleyas1, Nishin Antony2, Sandeep T3, Sudheesh Kumar M4, Vishnu Balakrishnan5
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Energy crisis is the main problem faced by present day society. A suitable system to control the energy usage is one of the solutions for this crisis. Load shedding, power cut etc. helps to rearrange the available power but they can't be used to prevent the unwanted usage of energy, peak time load control etc. Also a system is needed to monitor the power consumption of an overall area to select the areas to suitably control the energy usage. One of the easiest solutions for this is by using power line communication. PLC is the communication technology that enables sending data over existing power cables. This means that with just power cables running to an electrical device, one can power it up and at the same time control/retrieve data from the device in full duplex manner. The major advantage of PLC is that it does not need extra cables. It uses existing wires. Thus by using power line communication we can monitor and control the usage of devices by providing a control the usage of devices by providing a control circuit at consumer end. In this project we are trying to control, monitor (metering), messaging through power line communication with consumer and to control the load from a centralized control room. Thus flexible load control can be achieved.