On the Application of Wireless Sensor Networks in Industrial Plant Energy Evaluation and Planning Systems
Anubhuti Khare1, Manish Saxena2, Manorma Kushwah3

1Dr. Anubhuti Khare, Reader, Department of Electronics and Communication, University Institute of Technology, Rajeev Gandhi Technical University, Bhopal, India.
2Manish Saxena, Head Of Electronics and Communication Department, Bansal Institute Of Science And Technology Bhopal, India.
2Manorma Kushwah Student, Mtech(Digital Communication), Bansal Institute Of Science And technology Bhopal, India.
Manuscript received on October 04, 2011. | Revised Manuscript received on October 21, 2011. | Manuscript published on November 05, 2011. | PP: 164-168 | Volume-1 Issue-5, November 2011. | Retrieval Number: E0176091511/2011©BEIESP
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Abstract: Energy evaluation and planning are important in industry for overall energy savings. Traditionally these functions are realized in wired systems formed by communication cables and various types of sensors. However, the installation and maintenance of these cables and sensors is usually much more expensive than the cost of the sensors themselves. Recent advances in wireless communications, micro-electro-mechanical systems, and highly integrated electronics allowed the introduction of wireless sensor networks (WSN). WSNs have unique functional characteristics that enables low cost energy evaluation and planning in industrial plants. This paper proposes a closed loop energy evaluation and planning system with the WSN architecture. The importance of the proposed scheme lies in its non-intrusive, intelligent, and low cost nature. As the focus of this paper, the properties and architecture of the WSN in this application are discussed in detail. The applicability of the proposed system is analyzed and potential challenges are addressed. Finally, a demo system is constructed and experimental results are presented.
Keywords: Wireless sensor networks, IEEE 802.15.4, efficiency estimation, condition monitoring, experimental implementations.