GPS enabled smart grid technology

Lockheed Martin and Dominion Resources, Inc. have announced a co-developed smart grid technology that uses GPS technology. According to Lockheed Martin, the technology “will enable remote detection of power outages for… mapping and response.”

Credit: Lockheed Martin

VirtuGrid will be used to send certain data — like voltage, power, energy readings, GPS location, phase and circuit connectivity — from a remote location to the substation, and will travel over the same path as power does, using low bandwidth.

“We are pleased to partner with Lockheed Martin in bringing this new technology to market,” said Mary Doswell, Dominion’s senior vice president of Alternative Energy Solutions. “VirtuGrid will benefit both utilities and energy consumers by providing much more precise information about where and how energy is being used across the grid.”

Dominion serves customers in 12 states, with nearly 25,000 MW of generation. They introduced the new technology along with Lockheed Martin at DistribuTECH2015.

“VirtuGrid will help utilities map the connectivity of the electrical distribution grid,” said Roger Flanagan, director of energy services for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions business. “We’re fortunate to be able to work with Dominion to create this new product that will benefit utilities and optimize for greater efficiencies.”

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