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Open Information Architecture for Seamless Integration of Renewable Energy Sources

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Department of Mobility and Energy, Campus Hagenberg, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, 4232 Hagenberg, Austria
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Center of Secure Energy Informatics, University of Applied Sciences Salzburg, 5412 Salzburg, Austria
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Electric Energy Systems—Center for Energy, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, 1210 Vienna, Austria
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Fronius International GmbH, Solar Energy, 4600 Wels-Thalheim, Austria
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Faculty of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Institute of Mechanics and Mechatronics, TU Wien, 1060 Vienna, Austria
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Andrén, F.P.; Strasser, T.; Langthaler, O.; Veichtlbauer, A.; Kasberger, C.; Felbauer, G.: Open and Interoperable ICT Solution for Integrating Distributed Energy Resources into Smart Grids. In Proceedings of the 21st IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA 2016), Berlin, Germany, 6–9 September 2016.
Academic Editor: Apel Mahmud
Electronics 2021, 10(4), 496; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics10040496
Received: 22 January 2021 / Revised: 15 February 2021 / Accepted: 16 February 2021 / Published: 20 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Automation and Electrical Grids)
Electric power systems are currently confronted with a fundamental paradigm change related to its planning and operation, mainly caused by the massive integration of renewables. To allow higher penetration of them within existing grid infrastructures, the “smart grid” makes more efficient use of existing resources by integrating appropriate information technologies. Utilising the benefits of such smart grids, it is necessary to develop new automation architectures and control strategies, as well as corresponding information and communication solutions. This makes it possible to effectively use and manage a large amount of dispersed generators and to utilise their “smart” capabilities. The scalability and openness of automation systems currently used by energy utilities have to be improved significantly for handling a high amount of distributed generators. This will be needed to meet the challenges of missing common and open interfaces, as well as the large number of different protocols. In the work at hand, these shortcomings have been tackled by a conceptual solution for open and interoperable information exchange and engineering of automation applications. The approach is characterised by remote controllable services, a generic communication concept, and a formal application modelling method for distributed energy resource components. Additionally, the specification of an access management scheme for distributed energy resources, taking into account different user roles in the smart grid, allowed for a fine-grained distinction of access rights for use cases and actors. As a concrete result of this work, a generic and open communication underlay for smart grid components was developed, providing a flexible and adaptable infrastructure and supporting future smart grid requirements and roll-out. A proof-of-concept validation of the remote controllable service concept based on this infrastructure has been conducted in appropriate laboratory environments to confirm the main benefits of this approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart grid; information and communication technologies; networking infrastructure; automation; control application; renewable energy; system integration; overlay networks smart grid; information and communication technologies; networking infrastructure; automation; control application; renewable energy; system integration; overlay networks
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Veichtlbauer, A.; Langthaler, O.; Andrén, F.P.; Kasberger, C.; Strasser, T.I. Open Information Architecture for Seamless Integration of Renewable Energy Sources. Electronics 2021, 10, 496. https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics10040496

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Veichtlbauer A, Langthaler O, Andrén FP, Kasberger C, Strasser TI. Open Information Architecture for Seamless Integration of Renewable Energy Sources. Electronics. 2021; 10(4):496. https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics10040496

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Veichtlbauer, Armin, Oliver Langthaler, Filip P. Andrén, Christian Kasberger, and Thomas I. Strasser. 2021. "Open Information Architecture for Seamless Integration of Renewable Energy Sources" Electronics 10, no. 4: 496. https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics10040496

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