The OpenPMU Platform for Open Source Phasor Measurements

David M. Laverty*, Robert J. Best, Paul Brogan, Iyad Al-Khatib, Luigi Vanfretti, D John Morrow

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OpenPMU is an open platform for the development of phasor measurement unit (PMU) technology. A need has been identified for an open-source alternative to commercial PMU devices tailored to the needs of the university researcher and for enabling the development of new synchrophasor instruments from this foundation. OpenPMU achieves this through open-source hardware design specifications and software source code, allowing duplicates of the OpenPMU to be fabricated under open-source licenses. This paper presents the OpenPMU device based on the Labview development environment. The device is performance tested according to the IEEE C37.118.1 standard. Compatibility with the IEEE C37.118.2 messaging format is achieved through middleware which is readily adaptable to other PMU projects or applications. Improvements have been made to the original design to increase its flexibility. A new modularized architecture for the OpenPMU is presented using an open messaging format which the authors propose is adopted as a platform for PMU research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)701-709
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
Issue number4
Early online date01 Oct 2012
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


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