Special Issue "Sustainable Smart Grids and Microgrids: Operation, Control, Protection and Security"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Pierluigi Siano
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Scientific Director of the Smart Grids and Smart Cities Laboratory (SMARTLab), Department of Management and Innovation Systems, University of Salerno, 84084 Fisciano SA, Italy
Interests: smart grids; energy management; power systems; demand response
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Dr. Hassan Haes Alhelou
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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran;
Faculty Member at the Department of Electrical Power Engineering, Tishreen University, Lattakia, SY
Interests: Smart grids; power system control and operation; power system dynamics and stability; micro-grids; dynamic state estimation; high voltage systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite submissions to a Special Issue of Sustainability on the subject of Smart Grids and Microgrids entitled “Sustainable Smart Grids and Microgrids: Operation, control, protection and Security”.

Due to environment concerns, energy security risks, and fossil fuel problems, many countries around the world have decided to increase the penetration level of renewable energy resources (RERs) in their energy networks. In addition to this, many countries are moving toward implementation of the smart grid concept, including microgrid and deregulation in their power systems to achieve reliable and secure operation of their power systems with a high penetration level of renewable energy resources. In future smart grids, keeping the operation in stable modes requires new techniques and technologies for better control and security assessment in such systems. Likewise, stability and security, which are the main issues in smart grids, should be well studied and analyzed. Moreover, new protection schemes are in demand in order to face any unexpected operation problems and contingencies in a smart grid environment.

In order to cope with ever-increasing operation and control complexity and security in modern and future sustainable smart grids, new architectures, concepts, algorithms, and procedures are essential. This Special Issue aims at encouraging researchers to address the technical issues and research gaps in smart grid and microgrid systems.

The topics of interest of this special issue include but are not limited to:

  • Smart grids and microgrids;
  • The design, modeling, and management of smart grids and microgrids;
  • Smart grid and microgrid reliability, sustainability, flexibility, and resiliency;
  • Smart grid and microgrid dynamics, stability, protection, and security;
  • Methodologies and applications of modern methods for the operation and control of smart grids;
  • Intelligent systems, solving methods, optimization, and advanced heuristics;
  • Modeling, planning, and operation of renewable energy resources;
  • Business models for different electricity market players;
  • Demand side management and demand response;
  • Sizing, placement, and operation of energy storage systems and electric vehicles;
  • Smart homes and building energy management;
  • Electricity market, electrical power, and energy systems;
  • Modeling, forecasting, and management of uncertainty in smart grids;
  • Microgrids and islanded networks;
  • Smart cities, smart energy, and IoT;
  • Modern power systems and renewable energy resources.

Prof. Dr. Pierluigi Siano
Dr. Hassan Haes Alhelou
Guest Editors

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A Novel Method to Enhance Sustainable Systems Security in Cloud Computing Based on the Combination of Encryption and Data Mining
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Sustainability 2021, 13(1), 101; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010101 - 24 Dec 2020
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Due to the increasing growth of technologies and the diversity of user needs in the field of information technology, the position of cloud computing is becoming more apparent. The development of computing infrastructure in any organization requires spending a lot of money, time, [...] Read more.
Due to the increasing growth of technologies and the diversity of user needs in the field of information technology, the position of cloud computing is becoming more apparent. The development of computing infrastructure in any organization requires spending a lot of money, time, and manpower, which sometimes does not fit into the operational capacity of an organization. Therefore, organizations tend to use such technologies to advance their goals. A fully open and distributed structure in cloud computing and its services makes it an attractive target for attackers. This structure includes multiple service-oriented and distributed paradigms, multiple leases, multiple domains, and multi-user autonomous management structures that are more prone to security threats and vulnerabilities. In this paper, the basic concepts of the cloud computing and its applications have been investigated regarding to the importance of security issues. The proposed algorithm improves the level of security in the cloud computing platform through data mining and decision tree algorithm. Low computational burden and client numbers independency help to effectively implement the proposed algorithm in reality. Full article
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Active Distribution Network Modeling for Enhancing Sustainable Power System Performance; a Case Study in Egypt
Sustainability 2020, 12(21), 8991; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218991 - 29 Oct 2020
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The remarkable growth of distributed generation (DG) penetration inside electrical power systems turns the familiar passive distribution networks (PDNs) into active distribution networks (ADNs). Based on the backward/forward sweep method (BFS), a new power-flow algorithm was developed in this paper. The algorithm is [...] Read more.
The remarkable growth of distributed generation (DG) penetration inside electrical power systems turns the familiar passive distribution networks (PDNs) into active distribution networks (ADNs). Based on the backward/forward sweep method (BFS), a new power-flow algorithm was developed in this paper. The algorithm is flexible to handle the bidirectional flow of power that characterizes the modern ADNs. Models of the commonly used distribution network components were integrated with the developed algorithm to form a comprehensive tool. This tool is valid for modeling either balanced or unbalanced ADNs with an unlimited number of nodes or laterals. The integrated models involve modeling of distribution lines, losses inside distribution transformers, automatic voltage regulators (AVRs), DG units, shunt capacitor banks (SCBs) and different load models. To verify its validity, the presented algorithm was first applied to the unbalanced IEEE 37-node standard feeder in both passive and active states. Moreover, the algorithm was then applied to a balanced 22 kV real distribution network as a case study. The selected network is located in a remote area in the western desert of Upper Egypt, far away from the Egyptian unified national grid. Accordingly, the paper examines the current and future situation of the Egyptian electricity market. Comparison studies between the performance of the proposed ADNs and the classical PDNs are discussed. Simulation results are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed ADNs in preserving the network assets, improving the system performance and minimizing the power losses. Full article
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