Power pilferage in Bangladesh: a simple and economically affordable solution
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CitationAhmed, S., Mahmud, A. A., & Rahman, M. (2015). Power pilferage in bangladesh: A simple and economically affordable solution. Paper presented at the 2015 IEEE International WIE Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, WIECON-ECE 2015, 459-462. doi:10.1109/WIECON-ECE.2015.7443967
In Bangladesh, illegal consumption of electricity takes a considerable part of the revenue as a non-technical loss in power distribution system. Unlike technical losses, this has no easy way to be calculated and fixed. This paper discusses the methodology for detection of power pilferage and its implementation using embedded electronics system. The idea is to detect unauthorized tapping on distribution lines by comparing the energy transferred through the energy meter of a pole and the summation of energy consumed through energy meters of all premises connected to that pole. If these two data differ by an alarming measure, the respective authority will be notified. The communication between pole and premises and between pole and authority have been done wirelessly in the lowest possible cost considering the economic condition of the developing country. The cost analysis shows that if the system is implemented, total power system loss will reduce at least 15% of the current loss.