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ABB has announced that Tropos Networks, which was recently acquired by ABB, will supply a wireless communication network with advanced distribution automation features for Kansas City Power and Light's (KCP&L) smart grid demonstration project, located in midtown Kansas City, Mo.

Tropos' GridCom wireless IP mesh network will extend KCP&L's 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 also help KCP&L optimize energy delivery through active volt/VAR optimization and feeder load transfers.

KCP&L’s demonstration program has received financial support from a Smart Grid Demonstration Grant (SGDG) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Of the program’s more than $49.8 million cost, $23.9 million is being underwritten by SGDG funds.




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