Smart Grids: Infrastructure, Technology, and Solutions by Stuart Borlase

By Stuart Borlase

What precisely is sensible grid? Why is it receiving loads consciousness? What are utilities, owners, and regulators doing approximately it? Answering those questions and extra, Smart Grids: Infrastructure, know-how, and ideas gives readers a clearer knowing of the drivers and infrastructure of 1 of the main talked-about subject matters within the electrical application market—smart grid. This booklet brings jointly the information and perspectives of an enormous array of specialists and leaders of their respective fields.

Key Features

  • Describes the impetus for swap within the electrical application industry
  • Discusses the enterprise drivers, merits, and industry outlook of the clever grid initiative
  • Examines the technical framework of permitting applied sciences and clever solutions
  • Identifies the function of know-how advancements and coordinated criteria in shrewdpermanent grid, together with numerous projects and firms supporting to force the shrewdpermanent grid effort
  • Presents either present applied sciences and forward-looking principles on new technologies
  • Discusses boundaries and demanding elements for a winning clever grid from a application, regulatory, and purchaser perspective
  • Summarizes contemporary clever grid projects round the world
  • Discusses the outlook of the drivers and applied sciences for the next-generation shrewdpermanent grid

Smart grid is outlined no longer when it comes to what it really is, yet what it achieves and the advantages it brings to the application, buyer, society, and atmosphere. Exploring the present state of affairs and destiny demanding situations, the ebook offers a world standpoint on how the shrewdpermanent grid integrates twenty-first-century know-how with the twentieth-century energy grid.

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Smart grid pilot projects driven by regulatory pressure that focus on the impact of new meters on consumers will evolve to technology-rich, system-wide smart grid deployments that demonstrate well-proven and quantified benefits. A key component to effectively enable full value of smart grid realization is technology with the functionalities and capabilities to achieve cohesive end-to-end integrated, scalable, and interoperable solutions. 2 SMART GRID DRIVERS The smart grid is essential to enable a future that is prosperous and sustainable.

For example, in the United States, investor-owned utilities are regulated by FERC and state PUCs, while municipal and cooperative utilities are regulated by local communities and/or boards of directors made up of their members. Many countries throughout the world have national regulatory bodies including OFGEM in the United Kingdom, Commission de Regulation de l’Energie in France, CRE in Mexico, and so on. In many Middle Eastern and African countries, the regulatory function is provided by the ministry of energy.

In Spain, Red Eléctrica has established a Control Centre of Renewable Energies (CECRE), the first control center in the world for all wind farms over 10 MW. The IEA forecasts that by 2050, solar power could deliver between 20% and 25% of global electricity—reducing CO2 emissions by almost 6 billion tons per year [38]. 3 Gt of CO2 GHG reductions [11]. EPRI’s March 2011 report, “Estimating the Costs and Benefits of the Smart Grid,” [39] has slightly higher numbers, estimating an additional 13% of renewable generation enabled by the smart grid.

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