Till Steinbach: Communication in Smart Grids

A Closer Look at the Challenges and Potentials for Coordinating Smart Power Stations
  • What INET Seminar
  • When Apr 04, 2012 from 04:00 pm to 04:45 pm (CET / UTC200)
  • Where Room 560
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  • Contact Phone 42859-8406
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Due to the boom of regenerative power generation, the term smart grid has become popular. The interconnection of power generating and consuming facilities is a key element for the accomplishment of the energy transition.

In smart grids, the small distributed power generators -- such as cogeneration, wind power or photovoltaic plants -- are interconnected to larger units, so called virtual plants and controlled based on the current demand. At the same time the customers energy consumption is metered and where appropriate optimized for the current load of the grid by dynamically turning of devices.

An intelligent grid is a complex distributed system. Besides the control processes the efficient communication between the subsystems is of vital importance. Central problems are the scalability -- as a smart grid contains millions of devices -- and the reliable end-to-end machine communication between the power supply company and the consuming device.

This talk gives an overview of the latest work in the areas of scalable and reliable end-to-end communication in smart grids and gives first ideas in how to improve a smart grid communication infrastructure.

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