First Broadband Powerline (BPL) Workshop in Munich

First Broadband Powerline (BPL) Workshop in Munich

“Based on several smart metering pilots, E.ON chooses PRIME’s Broadband Powerline (BPL) for its Communikationmix SmartWAN”
says Mr Elmar Peine from E.ON Deutschland at the first PRIME BPL Workshop

MUNICH, September 4, 2019

More than 60 participants from over 15 utilities worldwide have gathered in Munich for the first workshop on Broadband Powerline (BPL) Technology organized by the PRIME Alliance in collaboration with E.ON Deutschland.

Powerline technology has been successfully used worldwide for many years to connect more than 20 million measuring points and other network elements. Its performance has developed rapidly for use cases in the last decades. The Powerline technology meets the communication requirements of the smart meter and moreover smart grids environment in the most efficient and sustainable way.

The PRIME Alliance is currently working hard to develop operating models and technical standards for Powerline further. The Alliance’s experiences have been shared with participants along with discussions on current concepts, products and operating models of the Broadband Powerline technology. Based on these efforts, the target of completing a PRIME BPL Specification by early next years is achievable.

The agenda featured testimonials on BPL successes in different utilities from PRIME Alliance, E.ON, Iberdrola and CEZ Distribuce. Alongside the event, several BPL Technology vendors exhibited their solutions and products during networking breaks. These were further discussed in a closing panel session with representatives from the vendors (Corinex, Defidev, Devolo, Intel, PPC and ZIV) moderated by Mr Miguel Angel Sanchez Fornié (the PRIME Alliance’s General Secretary). Both opening and closing sessions were chaired jointly by Elmar Peine and Miguel Angel Sanchez Fornié.


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PRIME (PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution) Alliance AISBL was created in 2009 to define an open and future-proofed communications PLC-based infrastructure to support large scale smart metering and other smart grid deployments. The PRIME Alliance has attracted key industry players, including Sponsoring Members El Sewedy, ZIV, Renesas and Corinex. The goal of the Alliance is to provide a framework in which the smart metering and smart grid industry have access to open detailed technical specifications in order to develop fully interoperable solutions, allowing multiple vendors to be operational within the same distribution network in one common system architecture. Detailed technical specs include Physical PHY layer and Medium Access Control MAC layer specifications.

The PRIME Alliance provides a forum for the definition, maintenance and support of an open and comprehensive standard for narrowband power line for Smart Grid products and services. The mission of the Alliance is to accelerate the demand for products and services based on this worldwide standard and promote the broad adoption and use of the specification while certifying multi-vendor interoperability and compatibility with the global standard.  The Alliance is open to all potential partners who agree to actively support and promote an open and public specification for the benefit of the end-user and all industry stakeholders. Visit for more information or to join the Alliance.