Sensors and instrumentation systems form an important part of power quality assessment and preservation. In this paper, the present and future trends in power quality instrumentation are discussed and the present capabilities are identified (e.g., bandwidth, dynamic range, quantities measured). Innovative methods of instrumenting nonsinusoidal voltages and currents are described, including applications of the Global Positioning System (GPS), solid state sensors, sensors that involve light and video, advanced data compression techniques, and advanced state estimation. The cost-to-benefit ratio of sensor development is evaluated in the context of the deregulated electric utility business environment.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering