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Prosumer Communities and Relationships in Smart Grids: A Literature Review, Evolution and Future Directions

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Discipline of Business Information Systems, School of Management, Curtin University, Perth 6107, Australia
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School of Business, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Canberra 2612, Australia
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Energies 2018, 11(10), 2528; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11102528
Received: 2 July 2018 / Revised: 17 August 2018 / Accepted: 20 August 2018 / Published: 21 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 10 Years Energies - Horizon 2028)
Smart grids are robust, self-healing networks that allow bidirectional propagation of energy and information within the utility grid. This introduces a new type of energy user who consumes, produces, stores and shares energy with other grid users. Such a user is called a “prosumer.” Prosumers’ participation in the smart grid is critical for the sustainability and long-term efficiency of the energy sharing process. Thus, prosumer management has attracted increasing attention among researchers in recent years. This paper systematically examines the literature on prosumer community based smart grid by reviewing relevant literature published from 2009 to 2018 in reputed energy and technology journals. We specifically focus on two dimensions namely prosumer community groups and prosumer relationships. Based on the evaluated literature, we present eight propositions and thoroughly describe several future research directions. View Full-Text
Keywords: prosumers; prosumer community groups; prosumer relationships; smart grids; energy management systems; energy sharing prosumers; prosumer community groups; prosumer relationships; smart grids; energy management systems; energy sharing
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Espe, E.; Potdar, V.; Chang, E. Prosumer Communities and Relationships in Smart Grids: A Literature Review, Evolution and Future Directions. Energies 2018, 11, 2528.

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