About the book
Over the past decade, with rapidly evolving new technologies, increased usage of digital information, monitoring, and control, the Smart Grid (SG) concept has been promoted all over the world, attracting huge interest. A Smart Grid is an intelligent electricity network that uses digital and other advanced technologies, such as cyber security communication or Internet of Energy technologies, which can be integrated in a cost-efficient manner. It is able to monitor and control the generation and transport of electricity to the end-user/consumer in an efficient, economic and secure way, in order to ensure a sustainable power system with low losses and high levels of quality. The future Smart Grids with Energy Management Systems will include more Distributed Generation Systems, such as renewable energy sources, and also power electronics converters, energy storage technologies, advanced communications, and smart homes. Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles (EVs) are two examples of fast growing technologies that would greatly benefit from the development of advanced infrastructure and components. On the edge of the Smart Grid infrastructure, where the consumers can produce energy from several local and distributed generation units, the need for energy management tools and control algorithms becomes an important option. To address these issues, many papers and books have proposed numerous Smart Grid concepts, software architectures and simulation models/tools.
The objective of this book is to collect and disseminate research and development results of the fundamentals, emerging grid structure, current research status, and future vision in the development and deployment of Smart Grids. Research results will include but will not be limited to advanced SG architectures, with smart power systems containing communication and information technologies, renewable energy integration with power electronic converters and energy storage systems suitable for SG applications, energy management strategies, including demand-side management (DSM) and demand response (DR). Emerging applications, including EVs, charging stations, but also big data management, cloud computing and artificial intelligence will be covered.