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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - April 2012

NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility

The Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) will be the first laboratory in the world to enable smart grid equipment to be tested on a plug-and-play basis at megawatt levels. Newly invented equipment will be evaluated for compatibility with existing and future technology, and for robustness under varied operating conditions. A high-performance computer will allow for simulations and a SCADA system will monitor and control facility-based processes and gather and disseminate real time data for collaboration and visualization.

A New Way to Look at Energy and Data Flows

The smart grid requires seamless integration of software and hardware components and can be viewed as a cyber-physical energy system that integrates information and energy flows. Accordingly, it makes sense to do research on the development of applications to monitor and manage those flows. Two such applications borrow from a theory developed to support task scheduling over the Internet with a vast number of servers.

New Issues Looming Over The Horizon

Can a system designed for automatic meter reading be economically expanded or upgraded to implement future added-value capabilities without requiring a major overhaul, a large increase in capital expenditures and future added utilization costs? The question is timely and urgent, as smart metering gradually becomes ubiquitous.

What’s at Risk as We Get Smarter?

The power industry is moving to develop the smart grid so as to keep up with the global economic growth. This movement will be more beneficial and sustainable to the extent we can secure the power systems of the future. Computational Intelligence, representing a comparatively new era of IT, can make grids really smart.

About the Smart Grid Newsletter

A monthly publication, the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter features practical and timely technical information and forward-looking commentary on smart grid developments and deployments around the world. Designed to foster greater understanding and collaboration between diverse stakeholders, the newsletter brings together experts, thought-leaders, and decision-makers to exchange information and discuss issues affecting the evolution of the smart grid.

Contributors

Ben KroposkiBen Kroposki is Director of Energy Systems Integration at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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Jim ReillyJim Reilly is a consultant working on projects related to integration of renewable energy into the distribution system...
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Janet RovedaJanet Roveda, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Arizona and IEEE senior member...
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Susan LyseckySusan Lysecky is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona...
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Young-Jun SonYoung-Jun Son is Director of the Advanced Integration of Manufacturing Systems and Technologies Program...
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Sioe T. MakSioe T. Mak, an IEEE life fellow, is an associate consultant with ESTA International, LLC...
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Shawkat AliShawkat Ali, a senior member of IEEE, is with the School of Information and Communication Technology, CQ University...
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