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DEPLOYMENT CONCEPTS FOR OVERHEAD HIGH VOLTAGE BROADBAND OVER POWER LINES CONNECTIONS WITH TWO-HOP REPEATER SYSTEM: CAPACITY COUNTERMEASURES AGAINST AGGRAVATED TOPOLOGIES AND HIGH NOISE ENVIRONMENTS

By A. G. Lazaropoulos

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Abstract:
This paper extends the existing transmission and capacity analysis in order to investigate the broadband potential of overhead high-voltage/broadband over power lines (HV/BPL) connections where a single repeater is additively deployed between their existing transmitting and receiving ends (overhead HV/BPL connections with two-hop repeater system). The contribution of this paper is three-fold. First, the broadband performance of various overhead HV/BPL connections with two-hop repeater system has been studied with regard to their cumulative capacity. The analysis and relevant simulations validate the potentially excellent communications medium of overhead HV/BPL channels over a 25 km repeater span well beyond 100 MHz in terms of cumulative capacity. In addition, through the deployment of two-hop repeater systems, apart from the upsurge of cumulative capacity, overhead HV/BPL connections become more adaptive to different capacity requirements. Second, it is found that overhead HV/BPL network capacity performance depends drastically on factors such as the overhead HV grid topology and the noise characteristics. Through the deployment of two-hop repeater systems, capacity losses due to existing aggravated overhead HV/BPL topologies and high noise environments are significantly reduced. Third, the numerical results reveal the importance of considering as suitable mitigation technique the deployment of overhead HV/BPL connections with two-hop repeater system. Except for the low-cost and quick technology upgrade of existing overhead HV/BPL networks, this mitigation technique may permit the future broadband exploitation of overhead HV/BPL networks and their interoperability with other broadband technologies.

Citation:
A. G. Lazaropoulos, "Deployment Concepts for Overhead High Voltage Broadband Over Power Lines Connections with Two-Hop Repeater System: Capacity Countermeasures Against Aggravated Topologies and High Noise Environments," Progress In Electromagnetics Research B, Vol. 44, 283-307, 2012.
doi:10.2528/PIERB12081104

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