Raleigh, N.C., August 29, 2012 — Tropos Networks, an ABB business, will supply Kansas City Power & Light with a wireless communication network with advanced distribution automation features for KCP&L's smart grid demonstration program.
Tropos' GridCom wireless IP mesh network will extend the KCP&L smart grid IP network to reclosers, capacitors and fault indicators in the field, providing direct monitoring and control communications with substation-based distribution automation controllers and the centralized distribution management system. It will help KCP&L optimize energy delivery through active Volt/VAR optimization and feeder load transfers.
The Tropos GridCom network also paves the way for enhancing power reliability by centrally monitoring fault indicators and automatically configuring around faults, reducing the impact and duration of outages, which is a cause of increasing concern for customers.
This order is the first reported since ABB's acquisition of Tropos. The addition of the Tropos product lines to ABB's existing portfolio of communications systems expands the offering for customers in the power, transportation, mining and public infrastructure sectors. The merger also reinforces ABB's increased focus in the North American market, complementing its global presence in utility and industrial communications.
KCP&L's smart grid demonstration program received financial support from a Smart Grid Demonstration Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Of the program's more than $49.8 million cost, $23.9 million is being underwritten by SGDG funds.