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Progress and Challenges in Power and Smart Grid

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "A1: Smart Grids and Microgrids".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 May 2024) | Viewed by 1479

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School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China
Interests: power electronics; microgrid; power quality; renewable energy systems; active power filters
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Dear Colleagues,

The 6th International Conference on Power and Smart Grid (ICPSG 2023) will be held on July 21-23, 2023 in Chengdu, China, co-sponsored by the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and Beijing CAS Industrial Energy and Environment Technology Institute (BIEET), hosted by the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (UESTC, China). This ICPSG2023 Special Issue will cover a wide range of topics related to the generation, transmission, distribution, and consumption of electricity, as well as the technology and infrastructure that enables the integration of renewable energy sources, demand management, and other advanced capabilities. Some specific topics that may be covered could include:

  • Smart grid systems and architectures: This could include discussions of the various components of a smart grid, such as advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution management systems (DMS), and energy management systems (EMS), as well as the communication networks and protocols that enable these systems to work together.
  • Renewable energy integration: As more renewable energy sources are brought online, there are new challenges in terms of managing the variability and uncertainty of these resources. Additionally, it might include articles discussing methods for integrating renewable energy into the grid, such as through the use of energy storage and demand management.
  • Power system resilience: Resilience is an important capability for modern power systems against increasing extreme events, such as typhoons, floods, heatwaves, man-made attacks, etc. Risk assessment and forecasting, power system planning and operation, and energy management techniques are critical measures to enhance power system resilience.
  • Advanced distribution systems: With the increasing use of distributed energy resources (DER), such as rooftop solar and electric vehicles, there is a growing need for advanced distribution systems that can handle the increased complexity and variability of these systems. It might cover topics such as distributed control, distributed optimization, and the use of microgrids.
  • Grid operation and control: As the grid becomes more complex, there is a growing need for advanced techniques to manage and control the flow of electricity. This could include articles discussing methods for real-time monitoring, control, optimization of the grid, and complementary energy technology.
  • Cybersecurity: As the power grid becomes more connected and digitized, there are increasing concerns about cybersecurity threats. This Special Issue might include articles discussing the various cybersecurity challenges facing the power grid, as well as methods for protecting against these threats.
  • Market and regulatory: The electricity market and regulatory environment are constantly evolving, and the Special Issue might cover some of the latest developments in this area, such as the role of distributed energy resources in the market, as well as regulatory and policy issues related to the smart grid.
  • Consumer behavior and engagement: The smart grid is not just about technology, but also about how consumers interact with the grid and use energy. This might cover research on consumer behavior and engagement, including the impact of the smart grid on consumer decision making and how to encourage more energy-efficient behavior among households and businesses.
  • Modelling and investigation of lightning strike phenomena in the case of renewable energy sources and transmission lines. In addition, we welcome investigations into physical causes, discussions and tests of mathematical models for the electromagnetic fields associated with lightning strikes, and providing statistics on and measurements of the lightning activity, which represent a crucial point both for validating theoretical models as well as for providing numerical values which are able to quantify the risk due to lightning events.
  • De-carbonization techniques in power system: The growth in the need for efficient pathways to achieve the long-term goal of carbon neutrality is driven by the continuous acceleration of the amount of carbon dioxide emission. This Special Issue might cover some of topics such as carbon emission forecasting, carbon flow tracking, carbon trading market, carbon capture, and low-carbon dispatching technology.

This is not an exhaustive list; other topics could also be included depending on the specific focus of the Special Issue area.

Prof. Dr. Yang Han
Guest Editor

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  • advanced energy technologies
  • battery and fuel cell technology
  • distributed generation systems
  • electric power engineering
  • electrical power engineering and system integration
  • electric power transmission and distribution
  • energy and power engineering
  • lightning protection
  • energy economics and energy policy
  • energy engineering
  • energy storage system and technologies
  • energy systems and power engineering
  • energy technology and power engineering
  • fuel cells and combustion
  • power and energy technology systems
  • power electronics
  • power engineering
  • power engineering and power generation technology
  • power generation technologies
  • power systems
  • power technology and engineering
  • power technology and power engineering
  • power transmission and distribution
  • renewable and non renewable energy sources
  • renewable energy technology
  • smart grid technologies
  • sustainability
  • wind and renewable energy

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28 pages, 11571 KiB  
Enhancing Resilience and Reliability of Active Distribution Networks through Accurate Fault Location and Novel Pilot Protection Method
by Lin Xu, Songhai Fan, Hua Zhang, Jiayu Xiong, Chang Liu and Site Mo
Energies 2023, 16(22), 7547; https://doi.org/10.3390/en16227547 - 13 Nov 2023
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The integration of distributed generation (DG) into the decentralized access of the distribution network transforms the existing structure into an active distribution network. The alteration in fault characteristics poses significant challenges to the coordinated operation of relay protection. Fault location within the distribution [...] Read more.
The integration of distributed generation (DG) into the decentralized access of the distribution network transforms the existing structure into an active distribution network. The alteration in fault characteristics poses significant challenges to the coordinated operation of relay protection. Fault location within the distribution network plays a vital role in facilitating fault recovery and enhancing the resilience of the power system. It proves instrumental in improving the network’s ability to withstand extreme disasters, thereby enhancing the reliability of power distribution. Therefore, this paper provides a detailed analysis of the voltage fault components occurring during various fault types within an active distribution network. Building upon the identified characteristics of voltage fault components, a novel approach for the longitudinal protection of active distribution networks is proposed. This method involves comparing the calculated values of voltage fault components with their actual values. The proposed approach is applicable to various fault scenarios, including short-circuit faults, line break faults, and recurring faults. It exhibits advantages such as insensitivity to the penetration of distributed power supplies and robustness in withstanding transition resistance. The simulation results validate the effectiveness of the proposed method, affirming its applicability to diverse protection requirements within active distribution networks. Full article
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