G3-PLC, a communication protocol standard for the Smart Grid and beyond (After-Hours Seminar)

Date(s) - 19/02/2019
18:30 - 20:30

Ecole Polytechnique, Drahi-X



Cedric Chauvenet, ENEDIS & Cedric Lavenu, EDF R&D


The massive roll-out of 35 million “Linky” smart meters has started in 2015 and will continue until 2021, when the French territory is expected to be entirely covered. By choosing the G3-PLC powerline communication technology as the dominating last-mile communication medium, the French DSO (Distribution Service Operator), ENEDIS, is becoming one of the biggest operators of an IPv6 network worldwide. With a lifespan of 20 years, the Linky smart meters will represent a sound IPv6 infrastructure over the low voltage network and allow for existing and future smart metering and smart grid use cases.

Cédric Chauvenet from ENEDIS, will introduce the G3-PLC protocol stack and how it is used to perform smart meter data collection and remote operation. The main advantages of this powerline communication protocol will also be outlined in a utilities’ final user perspective to show how additional value is brought to grid operation, including outage detection, phase detection, GIS (Geographical Information System) consolidation, etc.

In the second part, Cédric Lavenu will show how EDF R&D paves the way for the preparation of future applications and services supported by the G3-PLC technology. Amongst current research work, special focus will be put on the extension of G3-PLC in different frequency bands within the existing global regulatory framework as well as on envisioned evolutions of the technology towards hybrid networking (use of PLC together with wireless technologies). Finally, latest updates will be brought to light such as the development project of PLC deployment tools designed to support current and future operation of PLC devices as to maintain the smart grid’s KPIs over time.

About The Speakers

Cédric Chauvenet
After graduation at ESISAR (Ecole nationale supérieure en systèmes avancés et réseaux – Part of Grenoble INP) engineering school in 2009, Cédric Chauvenet achieved his Ph.D about the conception and design of an IPv6 based stack for sensor networks over Power line Communication (PLC) in the Grenoble University from 2010 to 2013. He then continued to work for NKE-Watteco where he conducted his CIFRE Ph.D as an R&D engineer for IOT products design running over low power RF technologies such as LoRA. He then joined ERDF (now ENEDIS) in 2014 as a PLC expert for the Linky project. Since 2018, he is the manager of the PLC team of the Linky Project, and work within the “LinkyLab” where ENEDIS is working on new solutions to enable Smartest grid, in particular regarding Electrical Vehicle integration, Distributed Energy Resources integration, or Storage management.


Cedric Lavenu
After graduation at ESIEE (Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Electrotechnique et Electronique) engineering school, France, Cédric joined EDF’s research and development division as Research Engineer in 2008 to contribute to EDF group’s activities in the smart grid domain such as Enedis’s smart metering Linky project. Cédric has developed an expertise in the field of powerline communication and IoT standards and has also been actively participating in standard development organizations and industrial alliances such as IEC, CENELEC, IEEE, IETF and the G3-PLC Alliance.

When and Where:

This after-hours seminar is being held at Ecole Polytechnique, in the classroom in DrahiX, on:

February 19, 2019, from 18h30-20h30

For Whom:

Everybody is welcome. Registration is mandatory (but free).


Bookings are closed for this event.

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