Micatu was the first to commercialize an optical sensing solution for measurement in a field device for use on the utility grid. While unarguably a novel approach, optical sensing is not complex or mysterious. It’s based on physics. Light is simply a better way to measure voltage and current. But optical sensing also allows operators to measure the electric field without the dangerous work of passing electrons. All things considered, optical sensing is by far the safer option.
Micatu has developed a next-generation sensing solution that uses Pockel’s Electro-Optical Effect Principle for voltage and Faraday Effect to detect current, which is done by measuring intensity modulation based on beam polarization. The design uses standardized optical components and manufacturing methodologies to create voltage readings to within +/- 0.5% accuracy.