Mesh Networks: A Short Introduction
- Feb 4, 2020 3:58 pm GMT
Electricity distribution grids have been served well by the radial distribution network architecture for communication between different elements of their grid. Simple and cost-effective, it is the most common form of topology used in the grid. It employs a tree architecture in which branches radiate out from a central node. The problem with the architecture is that it creates a single point of failure by creating a network of dependencies. If a single fault occurs in one of the branches, the remaining nodes downstream lose power. This state of affairs can be especially precarious in situations involving distributed energy resources (DERs). In fact, according to research, the more the number of distributed generators installed in distribution networks, the fewer the reasons to keep using radial-operated networks.
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