Power Distribution


“Smart Grid” distribution networks require reliable, precise, and accurate sensors. How “smart” the grid really is depends on how quickly and reliably real-time line information is accurately classified while continuously monitoring load and power quality. Historically, Medium Voltage (MV) sensors use detection methodologies developed in the early 1900’s and are typically battery or inductively powered “bird on a wire” solutions.
Micatu is radically different…we provide a pure "optically based" solution to MV monitoring that has proven reliability and unparalleled accuracy. The GridView™ Advanced Monitoring System enables the next generation of 3-phase 12 kV to 46 kV sensors with the flexibility of integrating into multiple network protocols (SCADA, OMS, DMS, etc.) for improved analytic capabilities necessary for true "smart grid" deployment.
The Micatu GridView™ Advanced Monitoring System

GridView Medium Voltage (MV) Sensors

The GridView™ Advanced Monitoring System provides realtime measurement and verification meters for the distribution system. Micatu’s patented optical GridView Sensors™ measure, monitor, and report current, voltage, phase angle, real power, reactive power and other parameters on a per-phase basis with extremely high accuracy.

 

The GridProcessor™

The GridProcessor™ is the brain of the GridView ™ Advanced Monitoring System. The GridProcessor™ samples the return light from the GridView Sensor™ to determine voltage and current measurements.

Why Optical MV Sensors Are Considered The Next Generation Solution


Optical based MV sensors enable the next set of features required for advanced control "Smart Grid" architectures



“Smart Grid” distribution networks require reliable, precise, and accurate sensors. How “smart” the grid really is depends on how quickly and reliably real-time line information is accurately classified while continuously monitoring load and power quality. Historically, Medium Voltage (MV) sensors use detection methodologies developed in the early 1900’s and are typically battery or inductively powered “bird on a wire” solutions.
Micatu is radically different…we provide a pure "optically based" solution to MV monitoring that has proven reliability and unparalleled accuracy. The GridView™ Advanced Monitoring System enables the next generation of 3-phase 12 kV to 46 kV sensors with the flexibility of integrating into multiple network protocols (SCADA, OMS, DMS, etc.) for improved analytic capabilities necessary for true "smart grid" deployment.
High Dynamic Range

The MV optical sensor can measure near-DC signals and beyond 20 kA – a feature impossible with instrument transformers. The high dynamic range eliminates the need for parallel current transformers.

High Dynamic Range
Flexibility

Optical sensors are applicable across the full range of medium voltage systems. The same sensor and electronics can often be used for multiple situations reducing inventory, minimizing training, and simplifying maintenance.

Flexibility
Versatility

The hot stick deployable, optical sensor’s lightweight design and isolated path to the electronics enable the sensors to be easily and economically installed along feeders – delivering accurate real time system information for more informed decision-making.

Versatility
Wireless or Wired Communications

Micatu’s optical solution enables the reliability of wired or flexibility of wireless connection communication protocol support.

Wireless or Wired Communications
Accuracy Enables Significant Efficiency Improvements

Accuracy Enables Significant Efficiency Improvements


Next generation "smart sensors" provide not only asset monitoring and system control, but significant efficiencies when < ± 1.0%) accuracy is achieved. As the ability to accurately deliver voltages at the optimized levels reduces consumption, this improves power quality and reduces service loads on equipment. Not only is there a net savings for energy providers and consumers, greenhouse gas emissions are significantly reduced.