Frequency-shift filtering for OFDM signal recovery in narrowband power line communications

Nir Shlezinger, Ron Dabora

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Power line communications (PLC) has been drawing considerable interest in recent years due to the growing interest in smart grid implementation. Specifically, network control and grid applications are allocated the frequency band of 0-500 kHz, commonly referred to as the narrowband PLC channel. This frequency band is characterized by strong periodic noise which results in low signal to noise ratio (SNR). In this work we propose a receiver which uses frequency shift filtering to exploit the cyclostationary properties of both the narrowband power line noise, as well as the information signal, digitally modulated using orthogonal frequency division multiplexing. An adaptive implementation for the proposed receiver is presented as well. The proposed receiver is compared to existing receivers via analysis and simulation. The results show that the receiver proposed in this work obtains a substantial performance gain over previously proposed receivers, without requiring any coordination with the transmitter.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6750418
Pages (from-to)1283-1295
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • OFDM
  • Power line communications
  • cyclostationary noise
  • frequency-shift filter

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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