Special Issue "Smart Grid Infrastructure"

A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. GM Shafiullah

School of Engineering and Information Technology, Murdoch University, Perth campus, 90 South Street, Murdoch, Western Australia 6150
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Interests: future electricity networks; smart grid; power systems stability analysis; renewable energy and its enabling technologies; renewable energy integration into the grid-connected and off-grid electricity networks; energy efficiency and demand management; railway health monitoring; data communication and machine learning techniques
Guest Editor
Dr. Mohammad Taufiqul Arif

School of Engineering, Deakin University, Geelong Waurn Ponds campus, 75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, VIC 3216
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Interests: distributed generation; energy storage; grid integration; smart grid and microgrid; sustainable energy and power network; energy efficiency and energy management; operation and protection of power network; protection technologies; data communications and RFID technology
Guest Editor
Dr. Mohammad Fakhizan Romlie

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, 32610 Seri Iskandar, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia
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Interests: smart grid; energy storage application in power system; peak load shaving in microgrid; power system studies and wireless power transfer

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the beginning of 21st century, governments, utilities, and research communities around the world are working towards developing an intelligent grid system, named smart grid. Smart grid will provide highly consistent and reliable services by efficient energy management practices, smart metering integration, automation, and precision decision support systems, and self-healing facilities and bring the benefits of seamless integration of renewable energy sources to power networks. The smart grid is a broad collection of diverse range of generators and consumers with advanced communication and control technologies in power system that delivers electricity with flexibility, accessibility, and reliability at a low cost.

To address the global climate change and energy crisis, the power system is moving towards a more decentralized mode. More and more intermittent distributed generators (DGs) are integrated into the existing power grid. The dynamics of power flow are also changing and this requires looking into the capability and capacity of the existing power infrastructure. Compared to conventional central large generation, small scale DGs are becoming one of the building blocks of the future smart electricity grid.

Each stakeholder of the smart grid is to be properly linked for timely sharing and communicating to meet the balance of power supply and demand. As consumers can be a producer in smart grid infrastructure and most of the smart grid elements will be communicating with each other via different communication methods, therefore, a large volume of data needs to be handled under smart grid infrastructure. Along with the development of smart grid infrastructure, existing protection devices should also be investigated for faster measurement and quicker decision-making. Moreover, all small-scale generators or individual level DGs are becoming a part of the energy market and, therefore, an appropriate pricing of energy application is essential for all stakeholders. Therefore, smart grid infrastructure includes automation technologies for smart power delivery; DGs, Storage, EVs (Electric vehicles); smart and faster sensing and measurement; integrated communications among all smart grid entities; automation technologies for smart power delivery; fault detection, energy pricing, and energy market; grid data management, data security or data protection; and energy policy under new smart grid environment.

The aim of this Special Issue is to demonstrate the current research and policy on smart grid that ensure sustainable power systems for the future. This Special Issue will accept original research work related to smart gird and it’s enabling technologies, including, but not limited to:

  1. Smart grid for future electricity networks;
  2. Enabling technologies for smart grid;
  3. Control strategies to improve the efficiency and reliability of distribution networks;
  4. Peak load shaving strategies and algorithm;
  5. Integration of DGs on smart grid;
  6. Smart control on operation of DGs;
  7. Protection scheme for a smart grid;
  8. Renewable energy and EV integration issues on smart grid;
  9. Cyber security/big data in smart grid for better management;
  10. Communication systems/protocol for smart grid (IEC61850);
  11. Energy management (load, storage, and/or generation side);
  12. Energy pricing/energy market/energy policy for smart grid.

Dr. GM Shafiullah
Dr. Mohammad Taufiqul Arif
Dr. Mohammad Fakhizan Romlie
Guest Editors

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  • Smart grid 
  • Future electricity networks
  • Operation, protection and management of smart grid 
  • Distributed generation 
  • Smart control technique 
  • Communication infrastructure 
  • Cyber security 
  • Energy policy

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Open AccessArticle Implementation of Advanced Demand Side Management for Microgrid Incorporating Demand Response and Home Energy Management System
Infrastructures 2018, 3(4), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures3040050
Received: 18 October 2018 / Revised: 9 November 2018 / Accepted: 9 November 2018 / Published: 13 November 2018
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To facilitate the possible technology and demand changes in a renewable-energy dominated future energy system, an integrated approach that involves Renewable Energy Sources (RES)-based generation, cutting-edge communication strategies, and advanced Demand Side Management (DSM) is essential. A Home Energy Management System (HEMS) with [...] Read more.
To facilitate the possible technology and demand changes in a renewable-energy dominated future energy system, an integrated approach that involves Renewable Energy Sources (RES)-based generation, cutting-edge communication strategies, and advanced Demand Side Management (DSM) is essential. A Home Energy Management System (HEMS) with integrated Demand Response (DR) programs is able to perform optimal coordination and scheduling of various smart appliances. This paper develops an advanced DSM framework for microgrids, which encompasses modeling of a microgrid, inclusion of a smart HEMS comprising of smart load monitoring and an intelligent load controller, and finally, incorporation of a DR strategy to reduce peak demand and energy costs. Effectiveness of the proposed framework is assessed through a case study analysis, by investigation of DR opportunities and identification of energy savings for the developed model on a typical summer day in Western Australia. From the case study analysis, it is evident that a maximum amount of 2.95 kWh energy can be shifted to low demand periods, which provides a total daily energy savings of 3%. The total energy cost per day is AU$2.50 and AU$3.49 for a house with and without HEMS, respectively. Finally, maximum possible peak shaving, maximum shiftable energy, and maximum standby power losses and energy cost savings with or without HEMS have been calculated to identify the energy saving opportunities of the proposed strategy for a microgrid of 100 houses with solar, wind, and a back-up diesel generator in the generation side. Full article
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