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April 27, 2011

IEEE proposes new standards for key smart grid fiber-optic components



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The world’s largest professional association advancing technology for humanity, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE (News - Alert)), has proposed a standard-making process for key smart grid fiber-optic components.

The IEEE announced the formation of three working groups, namely – IEEE P1591.1, IEEE P1591.2, and IEEE P1591.3 – in order to develop technology standards.

Proposed standard IEEE P1591.1 deals with Testing and Performance of Hardware for Optical Ground Wire (OPGW). It enables the best use of OPGW by assuring that users will have complete and accurate information about the types of hardware, specifications for hardware, and acceptance testing for qualifying hardware.

Simplifying procurement practices, the proposal also standardizes testing to assure product quality and provides various processes and procedures for hardware, which will be used with OPGW cables. In addition, this newly proposed standard also covers construction, mechanical, and electrical performance of the hardware, as well as test requirements, environmental considerations, and acceptance criteria for qualifying the hardware.

The second proposal, IEEE P1591.2, is the proposed Standard for Testing and Performance of Hardware for All-Dielectric Self-Supporting (ADSS) Fiber Optic Cable.

Standardizing testing and other aspects of hardware to be used with ADSS systems, this will address the lack of a hardware standard that has resulted in ADSS cable failures caused by using hardware incorrectly. The ADSS systems will also simplify procurement and assure product quality.

The third proposal, IEEE P1591.3, is the proposed Standard for Qualifying Hardware for Helically-Applied Fiber Optic Cable Systems (WRAP Cable). This standard will address mechanical as well as electrical performance, test requirements, environmental considerations, and acceptance criteria.

WRAP cable is designed to be helically-wrapped around a conductor or other messenger on overhead power facilities. According to IEEE, it will be a major component in the Smart Grid.

In recent news, the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and SAE International together have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a strategic partnership in vehicular technology related to the Smart Grid. The partnership is a move to create a more efficient and collaborative standards-development environment for the industry participants that the groups serve.


Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by John Lahtinen
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