Special Issue "Advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Smart Grids"

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Information and Communications Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Taha Selim Ustun

Head of Power System Automation and Cybersecurity Lab, Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, Fukushima, Japan
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Interests: power system protection; renewable energy; microgrid design; smartgrid comms; electric vehicle–grid integration; smartgrid communications; substation automation; IEC 61850; IEC 62351; cybersecurity for power systems
Guest Editor
Dr. Suhail S.M. Hussain

Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, AIST
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Interests: microgrids; IEC 61850; substation automation; power system communications

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Smart grids can improve the grid stability, energy reliability, energy security, efficiency and power quality. Despite the many benefits of the smart grid, there are many challenges in its implementation. Effective and reliable communication between different smart grid entities helps to improve the overall efficiency of smart grids. Information and communication technologies (ICT) play a major role in the effective management and implementation of smart grids. In the past few years, we have witnessed a rapid development of advanced ICT. The recent technical advances in ICT applied to smart grids will significantly improve the efficiency, reliability and security of smart grid operations. This Special Issue will address a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art in technology and recent research advances in ICT for smart grids, including theoretical proposals, tools, applications, systems, test-beds and field deployments. Both theoretical derivations or practical developments of ICT systems and testbeds for smart grids are welcomed. Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • ICT technologies to enable the smart grids and microgrids
  • Communication technologies for smart grid operation and control
  • ICT for renewable energy integration to smart grids
  • Internet of Things (IoT)-based smart grid systems
  • Energy internet and smart grids
  • Communication standards and protocols for smart grids
  • Smart metering and advanced metering infrastructure
  • Advancements of ICT for synchrophasor communications
  • Smart grids and PMUs
  • Communication-centric solutions for demand response, demand side management, and energy management
  • Data acquisition and data analytics for smart grids
  • Cybersecurity in smart grids

Dr. Taha Selim Ustun
Dr. S.M. Suhail Hussain
Guest Editors

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  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Smart Grids
  • Power system communications
  • Cyber-security
  • Energy Internet
  • Internet of Things (IoT)

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Open AccessArticle An Implementation of Parallel Buck Converters for Common Load Sharing in DC Microgrid
Information 2019, 10(3), 91; https://doi.org/10.3390/info10030091
Received: 7 January 2019 / Revised: 5 February 2019 / Accepted: 12 February 2019 / Published: 1 March 2019
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The increase in demand for clean, safe, and environmentally friendly renewable energy sources faces several challenges such as system design and reliable operations. DC microgrid (MG) is a promising system due to higher efficiency and natural interface to renewable sources. In the hierarchical [...] Read more.
The increase in demand for clean, safe, and environmentally friendly renewable energy sources faces several challenges such as system design and reliable operations. DC microgrid (MG) is a promising system due to higher efficiency and natural interface to renewable sources. In the hierarchical control of DC Microgrid, the V-I droop control is deployed usually in primary control level for common load sharing between converters. However, conventional droop control causes improper current sharing, voltage variations, and circulating current regulation due to the presence of droop and line resistance between converters. The aim of this paper is to presents the primary control level design of buck converters in current mode control according to the concepts of time constant and time delay, and secondary control design for parallel operations in distributed manners by combining methods, namely, low bandwidth communication (LBC), circulating current minimization techniques, and average voltage/current control. Moreover, different time delays are used for two converters to testify the effects of communication delays on current sharing and voltage restoration. The simulation is done for 2 × 2.5 KWdc parallel buck converters in PLECS (a Simulation software used for high speed simulation for power electronics) environment which shows excellent results in minimizing circulation currents, enhancing proportional current sharing, and restoring the grid voltage. Full article

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