Petri Hovila has been working for energy industry over 20 years. He has held several engineering, project manager and line manager positions in ABB. Currently he works as a senior principal engineer at ABB Finland and is responsible for research program and IPRs for Distribution Solutions business
Wireless communication in utility applications – an opportunity to 5G
Power and energy distribution is in a middle of revolution, since we are looking towards more sustainable approaches to produce and consume energy. Increasing complexity in future energy ecosystem requires modern, advanced technologies to maintain safety and reliability of operation. 5G has a potential to create a value in different industrial and utility applications as well be an enabler for future innovations. One of the most interesting increments in 5G is URLLC, which should provide reliable, low latency communication channel and bring alternative to wired connections in critical applications like power system protection. Successful implementation of new technologies requires a close collaboration between vertical industries and it takes time to create a common understanding of targets. Implementing pilots from the lab to the field, is the way towards practical deployment of new technologies. This is also important from value creation and business point of view.