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Manchester University

Manchester University

Medium voltage links on a 6 kV network

The University of Manchester, a centre of excellence for smart energy and high voltage research joined forces with Electricity North West, Schneider Electric and PPC to install a medium voltage demonstration link on the 6 kV network on the university campus, using Broadband Powerline (BPL) communications.

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Manchester (England)

Campus installation (replicating a dense urban environment)


Installation of our Broadband Powerline System with BPL Capacitive Couplers and Rugged Modems on a MV – 6 kV network

University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is a British university in Manchester in the north-west of England. With around 40,000 students, nearly 500 courses, over 10,000 teaching staff and an annual budget of almost one billion euros, it is one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom.

BPL communication

The objective was to use BPL to harvest a range of energy data in real-time, to study consumption in kilowatt hours, carbon emissions, and other parameters according to the University’s needs. Because the system is IP-based the data can be easily shared with different software systems and portals, and also encrypted at all stages for security.

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