U.S. Department of Energy Awards On-Ramp Wireless Grant to Improve Distribution Grid

Company to demo first wireless system that reliably and securely connects underground distribution grid sensors

SAN DIEGO, Calif.--()--The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded On-Ramp Wireless a grant to contribute to the improvement of the nation’s distribution grid. The grant will enable On-Ramp to utilize its award-winning Ultra-Link Processing™ (ULP) wireless communication system to develop and demonstrate the first wireless grid sensor and faulted circuit indicator capable of monitoring underground and other hard-to-reach distribution circuit locations from a fixed installed network. On-Ramp will conduct the project on in partnership with two western utilities.

Large utilities are challenged with managing tens of thousands of distribution grid sensors, above and below ground, in a given service area. This often means the sensors end up being largely unmonitored until a fault event occurs, usually in an emergency situation. A system that is capable of reliably and securely reaching into the below ground sensors would significantly reduce time to isolate, repair and restore service to consumers. Utilizing its technology, On-Ramp will develop and demonstrate the first wireless system to address this ability using the DOE grant.

On-Ramp successfully demonstrated the ability to connect wireless sensors throughout the distribution grid in a field test with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) this July. In the test, Wireless Sensors for Overhead Lines (WSO) from SEL were combined with On-Ramp’s fully integrated ULP system to monitor and report real-time fault indication and condition data. This enabled a comprehensive view of the distribution grid performance, results of which can be used not only for rapid and precise fault location, but also for predictive maintenance, grid automation, long-term grid efficiency and capital planning.

“This project demonstrates the traction On-Ramp is having with large utilities, many of which have been looking for a wireless system to effectively connect underground sensors,” said Joaquin Silva, president and CEO of On-Ramp. “We are also pleased to continue building on the successful partnership between On-Ramp and SEL.”

Including On-Ramp, the DOE announced five grants last week in an effort to modernize the electric grid. For more information, please refer to the press release: http://energy.gov/news/9805.htm.

About On-Ramp Wireless

On-Ramp Wireless has developed the first wireless system purpose-built to efficiently connect billions of hard-to-reach devices in metro scale and other challenging environments. On-Ramp’s field-proven Ultra-Link Processing™ system enables low-power monitoring and control applications within Smart Grid, water efficiency, industrial sensing, and location tracking. Operating in un-licensed spectrum, our signal processing innovation finds weak signals even in high noise environments, yielding extreme coverage, immunity to high interference, and significantly lowers cost. For more information, visit www.onrampwireless.com.

Contacts

Vantage Communications for On-Ramp
Tory Patrick, +1-202-558-9826
tpatrick@pr-vantage.com

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U.S. DOE awarded On-Ramp with a grant to improve the nation's distribution grid.

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Contacts

Vantage Communications for On-Ramp
Tory Patrick, +1-202-558-9826
tpatrick@pr-vantage.com