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Power Line Communications: Theory and Applications for Narrowband and Broadband Communications over Power Lines

Hendrik C. Ferreira (Editor), Lutz Lampe (Editor), John Newbury (Co-Editor), Theo G. Swart (Co-Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-119-95628-0
536 pages
July 2011
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Power Line Communications (PLC) is a promising emerging technology, which has attracted much attention due to the wide availability of power distribution lines. This book provides a thorough introduction to the use of power lines for communication purposes, ranging from channel characterization, communications on the physical layer and electromagnetic interference, through to protocols, networks, standards and up to systems and implementations. With contributions from many of the most prominent international PLC experts from academia and industry, Power Line Communications brings together a wealth of information on PLC specific topics that provide the reader with a broad coverage of the major developments within the field.

  • Acts as a single source reference guide to PLC collating information that is widely dispersed in current literature, such as in research papers and standards.
  • Covers both the state of the art, and ongoing research topics.
  • Considers future developments and deployments of PLC
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.


List of Acronyms.

1 Introduction (The Editors).


2 Channel Characterization (P. Amirshahi, F. Cañete, K. Dostert, S. Galli, M. Katayama and M. Kavehrad).

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Channel Modeling Fundamentals.

2.3 Models for Outdoor Channels: LV Case.

2.4 Models for Outdoor Channels: MV Case.

2.5 Models for Indoor Channels.

2.6 Noise and Disturbances.

2.7 MeasuringTechniques.

2.8 PLC Channel EmulationTools.

2.9 Reference Channels for Access Domain.

3 Electromagnetic Compatibility (H. Hirsch and M. Koch).

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Parameters for EMC Considerations.

3.3 Electromagnetic Emission.

3.4 Electromagnetic Susceptibility.

3.5 EMC Coordination.

3.6 EMC Regulationin Europe.

3.7 Final Remarks.

4 Coupling (P. A. Janse van Rensburg).

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Filtering Basics.

4.3 Transformer-Capacitor Coupler Design.

4.4 Impedance Adaptation Concepts.

4.5 Experimental Verification.

4.6 Further Possibilities.

5 Digital Transmission Techniques (M. Ardakani, G. Colavolpe, K. Dostert, H. C. Ferreira, D. Fertonani, T. G. Swart, A. M. Tonello, D. Umehara and A. J. H. Vinck).

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Modulation and Coding for Narrowband PLC Systems.

5.3 Modulation and Coding for Broadband PLC Systems.

5.4 Conclusion.

6 Protocols for PLC Systems (G. Bumiller, H. Hrasnica, L. Lampe, M. Lobashov and T. Stockhammer).

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Broadband PLC Media Access Control Layer.

6.3 Protocols for PLC Supporting Energy Management Systems.

6.4 Internet Protocol Television Over PLC.

7 Industrial and International Standards on PLC-based Networking Technologies (Galli, M. Koch, H. A. Latchman, S. Lee and V. Oksman).

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 PLC Standardization by Industrial Alliances.

7.3 International Standards on PLC-Networking Technology.

7.4 ETSI and CENELEC Standards.

7.5 International EMC Product Standardization.

8 Systems and Implementations (I. Berganza Valmala, G. Bumiller, H. A. Latchman, M. V. Ribeiro, A. Sendin Escalona, E. R. Wade and L. W. Yonge).

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 PLC Smart Grid Systems.

8.3 PLC Broadband Access Systems.

8.4 Multimedia PLC Systems.

8.5 DC-PLC Systems.

8.6 PLC in Emerging Countries.

9 Conclusions (The Editors).


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"The book is well suited both for researchers and the system designers of PLC systems." (IEEE Communications Magazine, 1 December 2011)


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