5G Brings Deterministic, Security, and Network Slicing to Smart Grids

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By Jake Saunders | 4Q 2021 | IN-6349


Energy Resource Management Becoming More Complex


Previously, ABI Research has highlighted growing interested in smart grids (IN-6336) and the role they can play to make a country’s energy supply more streamlined, flexible, and responsive to a more complex mix of energy sources. The electrical grid may have to load balance between renewables, such as wind, solar, and/or tidal, and baseline energy supplies, such as nuclear gas or oil. That flexibility will be necessary as end users migrate away from diesel/petrol engine vehicles to electric vehicles, demanding the management of electrical power to be dynamically responsive.

How 5G can Benefit Smart Grids


5G can help support a versatile and reliable smart grid communications infrastructure. Smart grid communication links need to:

  • Monitor the network in real time using Internet of Things (IoT) modules.
  • Implement automatic fault isolation and power recovery in non-fault areas.
  • Enable the smart grid to locate and isolate faults based on the difference between input and output electrical current.

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