Solving the High Rise Challenge


Expertise for Energywise: Building solutions to help vulnerable customers

PPC is working with Partners to bring communications expertise to the UK's Energywise project and especially around building solutions for meter/sensor reading in complex electricity networks such as multiple dwelling units (MDUs) where many of the most vulnerable customers live.

Using tried and tested communications hardware, solutions have been developed for the following domains;

  • In home
  • In building
  • On network

This is particularly interesting given the different owners of these domains i.e. DNO, Supplier, Building owner/landlord and homeowner/tennant.

PPC has advised on the deployment of traditional technologies in these domains for conventional meter reading and secondary meter reading.


PPC has contributes communications and data know-how to a variety of demand reponse and virtual power plant projects , and in particular has developed a 'multimedia' communciations hub that is ideal for such implementations.

The UK Smart Meter Roll Out aims to provide every household with a smart meter, and the means to read it, with an in-home display.

It has been estimated that up to 20% of UK households may be in structures that present some technical challenges, especially those in multi-dwelling units (MDUs).

DECC has identified two possible technical solutions to this challenge: Point to Point or Common HAN (Shared Infrastructure) architectures.

Through a series of trial installations, PPC has shown that Broadband Powerline (BPL) systems offer an efficient communications platform for both point-to-point and common HAN solutions in multi dwelling units (MDUs).

Advantages of BPL for the High Rise Challenge

  • Real time communications
  • Ample bandwidth for 2-way data transfer, with headroom for firmware updates and future applications
  • Stable, reliable data transfer, resistant to disturbance
  • Data security through industry standards
  • Energy efficiency, cost-efficiency
  • Use of existing electricity infrastructures
  • Based on industry standard IEEE1901, BPL guarantees interoperability and supports market competition.

Congratulations to UKPN and Energywise

UK Power Networks project leader Lynne McDonald won the title Rising Star in the UK Energy Innovation Awards held by the Energy Innovation Centre, for her vision in delivering innovative changes in the electricity industry.