Monitoring Energy Flows for Efficient Electricity Control in Low-Voltage Smart Grids

Ivan Alymov, Moshe Averbukh

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Modern low-voltage distribution lines, especially those linked with renewable energy sources, face technical hurdles like unaccounted and illegal electricity use, increased power losses, voltage control issues, and overheating. Tackling these challenges effectively requires continuously monitoring power flows and identifying problematic network spots. This study introduces a method involving ongoing energy flow monitoring from distribution transformers and other sources to end-users through auxiliary facilities. The algorithm seamlessly integrates with consumers’ existing smart power meters and supporting infrastructure, eliminating the need for extra equipment or data. Deployed in several distribution networks totaling about 40 GWh/year over two years, this diagnostic system showed promising results. It notably cut total power consumption by around 6% by detecting and mitigating illegal energy waste and addressing technical issues. Additionally, it reduced technical personnel involvement in operational tasks by approximately twentyfold, significantly enhancing network profitability overall.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2123
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 2024


  • low-voltage smart networks
  • monitoring electricity flows
  • power losses reduction
  • prevention illegal energy usage
  • smart power meters


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