Focus area: Monitoring and measurement

Power meter at the power supply

Project URL: www.alpha.com/

Solution/product description

The Adaptive Power Challenge is an SCTE initiative to embrace adaptive power and create a more efficient way for broadband providers to use energy. One of the categories is Monitoring and measurement, that help that cable operator and utility provider gain a better understanding of the utility network.

Cable operators have hundreds to thousands of DOCSIS enabled power supplies in their HFC network. These power supplies could provide measurement points to gather power conditions across the utility grid for the utility provider and to provide accurate power consumption at the power supply site.

Current measurements at the power supply are not as accurate as the utility provider requires. This project would create precision measurements for voltage, current, frequency, and power at the power supply.

How does your project address / improve the focus area (Monitoring and Measurement, Demand Response, Supply and Control)?

The cable operator could monetize this data when supplying the data to the utility network. Another benefit would be the elimination of the utility meter present at power supply sites. A third benefit would be to monitor power condition, reliability, and performance of the utility grid.

What was your inspiration for your project?

Alpha seeks to bring forth solutions that improve efficiency and reliability in cable infrastructure.

What is the single most exciting thing about your project?

Supplying the utility provider and the cable operator with more information as to how the utility grid behaves is greatly beneficial to both parties.

Why did you decide to take part in the Adaptive Power Challenge?

Alpha believes in the Energy2020 initiative and specifically in the potential of APSIS to manage power across the cable infrastructure. We will continue to bring forth ideas to improve plant performance and deliver more control where it matters most to the cable operator.