National Grid chose smart grid communications company Trilliant to deploy the Trilliant's Smart Grid Communications Platform for Volt/VAR Optimization. The project will help deliver energy efficiency benefits to National Grid's customers in Rhode Island.
This initial phase will support a demonstration of Volt/VAR Optimization (VVO) in the state of Rhode Island. The Trilliant Platform will provide wireless Field Area Network connectivity between field devices and National Grid's network. National Grid views the communication platform as a single integrated function enabled by different service layers and different technologies.
The Field Area Network (FAN) functionality requires that the technologies used be tightly integrated. Trilliant's Multi-Tier Smart Grid Communications Platform has the ability to support the full spectrum of applications cost effectively by leveraging the network tier best aligned with the performance and economic considerations of each application.
Trilliant's Smart Grid Communications Platform allows utilities a more economical way of establishing the smart bedrock needed to deploy other applications in the future, should the need arise.
The Trilliant Smart Grid Communications Platform will provide National Grid the necessary reliability, high bandwidth and low latency for Volt/VAR control and system awareness today. The Trilliant Communications Platform is also a multi-purpose network, which in the future, can be seamlessly integrated with a neighborhood- or home-area network capabilities, as well as provide the foundation for advanced fault detection, Fault Isolation and Restoration (FDIR) and other real time DA initiatives. The Trilliant Platform allows utilities to manage all applications on one powerful network.