Power Line Communications: Principles, Standards and Applications

Power Line Communications: Principles, Standards and Applications 

Lutz Lampe, Andrea M. Tonello

Preference :

Power line communications (PLC) reuse existing infrastructures (i.e. power lines) whose
primary purpose is the delivery of AC (50 Hz or 60 Hz) or DC electric power, for the purpose
of data communications. Hence, compared to the electric power ‘signal’, PLC uses highfrequency
signals with frequency components starting from a few hundred Hz up to a few
hundred MHz. The plurality of frequency bands used for PLC is related to different applications
supported by PLC and their data-rate requirements, the specifics of grid topologies over which
PLC is applied, as well as the ability of PLC technology to deal with the harsh communication
environment. Before elaborating on this further, we first briefly review the terminology that
has been used to describe PLC.

This book is the second edition of Power Line Communications: Theory and Applications for
Narrowband and Broadband Communications over Power Lines published in 2010. As for
the first edition, it has been our intention to present the most comprehensive coverage of the
technical field of power line communications (PLC) that is available in a single publication. The
scope of this book is uniquely wide, not only for a book on PLC. Compared to the first edition,
the content has been updated and in part restructured. In particular, we have significantly
expanded the part dedicated to applications of PLC, which is attributed to the further maturity
of PLC technology in terms of consolidated specifications and standards and also reflected in
the modification of the subtitle for this edition. Furthermore, recent innovations and changes
related to channel characterization, transmission techniques and regulation are included in this

Content :
  • Preface
  • Channel Characterization
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • Coupling
  • Digital Transmission Techniques
  • Medium Access Control and Layers Above in PLC
  • PLC for Home and Industry Automation
  • Multimedia PLC Systems
  • PLC for Smart Grid
  • PLC for Vehicles
  • Conclusions

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