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A novel approach to smart grid technology for electrical power transmission lines by a self-organized optical network node based on optical bistability
Author(s): Soichiro Nakanishi; Wakao Sasaki
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Paper Abstract

In this work, we have demonstrated a new smart grid model by our novel green photonics technology based on selforganized optical networks realizing an autonomous peer-to-peer electric power transmissions without centralized control for the power grid. In this optical network, we introduced an adaptive algorithm for concurrent peer-to-peer communications, by utilizing optical nonlinearity depending only on the signal strength passing through the network. This method is applicable for autonomous organization of functions for ad-hoc electric power distribution systems for the power grid. For this purpose, a simple optical- electrical hybrid bistable circuit composed of such as light emitting diode (LED) and photo diode (PD), has been incorporated into the network node. In the experiment, the method uses a simple, local adaptation of transmission weights at each network node, which enables self-organizing functions of the network, such as self-routing, self-optimization, self-recovery and self-protection. Based on this method, we have demonstrated experimentally a new smart grid model applicable for ad-hoc electric power distribution systems mediated by power comsumptions. In this model, electric power flow is controlled autonomously through the self-organized network nodes associated with individual power facilities having photovoltaics and electric storage devices, etc., and the nodes convert the amounts of electric power supply and/or comsumption to the light intensity values using above mentioned transmission weights at each node. As a consequence, we have experimentally demonstrated a simple shorthaul system model for ad-hoc electric power distribution with a self-organized optical network as a novel green photonics technology application for smart grid.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7959, Optical Metro Networks and Short-Haul Systems III, 79590P (25 January 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.874574
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Soichiro Nakanishi, Doshisha Univ. (Japan)
Wakao Sasaki, Doshisha Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7959:
Optical Metro Networks and Short-Haul Systems III
Werner Weiershausen; Benjamin Dingel; Achyut Kumar Dutta; Atul K. Srivastava, Editor(s)

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