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Appl. Sci. 2016, 6(3), 61; doi:10.3390/app6030061

Application of Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks to Achieve Intelligent Microgrids: A Promising Approach towards a Global Smart Grid Deployment

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Ecole Supérieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées (ESTIA), Technopole Izarbel, 64210 Bidart, France
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Department of Electronic Technology, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Alda. Urquijo s/n, 48013 Bilbao, Spain
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Academic Editor: Minho Shin
Received: 28 December 2015 / Revised: 8 February 2016 / Accepted: 15 February 2016 / Published: 23 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Grid: Convergence and Interoperability)
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Smart Grids (SGs) constitute the evolution of the traditional electrical grid towards a new paradigm, which should increase the reliability, the security and, at the same time, reduce the costs of energy generation, distribution and consumption. Electrical microgrids (MGs) can be considered the first stage of this evolution of the grid, because of the intelligent management techniques that must be applied to assure their correct operation. To accomplish this task, sensors and actuators will be necessary, along with wireless communication technologies to transmit the measured data and the command messages. Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks (WSANs) are therefore a promising solution to achieve an intelligent management of MGs and, by extension, the SG. In this frame, this paper surveys several aspects concerning the application of WSANs to manage MGs and the electrical grid, as well as the communication protocols that could be applied. The main concerns regarding the SG deployment are also presented, including future scenarios where the interoperability of different generation technologies must be assured. View Full-Text
Keywords: Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network; microgrid; Smart Grid; communication technologies Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network; microgrid; Smart Grid; communication technologies
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Llaria, A.; Terrasson, G.; Curea, O.; Jiménez, J. Application of Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks to Achieve Intelligent Microgrids: A Promising Approach towards a Global Smart Grid Deployment. Appl. Sci. 2016, 6, 61.

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