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The IEEE Computer Society Smart Grid Vision Project, its Findings and Future Work

The IEEE Computer Society Smart Grid Vision Project (CS-SGVP) was chartered to develop visions for the role of computing within the Smart Grid, looking forward as far as 30 years into the future. The purpose of these visions, published in the IEEE Research Report “Smart Grid Vision for Computing: 2030 and Beyond,” is to stimulate investments in computing (technology research and development, standards, and education) that will enable realization of Smart Grid goals.

The IEEE Computer Society Smart Grid Vision Project, Architectural Concepts

The IEEE Computer Society Smart Grid Vision Project (CS-SGVP) identified 11 Smart Grid Architectural Concepts organized in the areas of Supply Side, Demand Side, and System Concepts.

The IEEE Computer Society Smart Grid Vision Project, Technological Concepts

The previous articles in this series provide the context for Smart Grid architectures and functional concept visions. These visions are supported by many underpinning computer science technological concepts. By investigating areas of computer science relevant to the Smart Grid, plans for focused research and development can be considered. The Smart Grid vision embraces the idea of a society of connected smart devices and systems that self-assemble and seek operational efficiencies and reliable performance.

The IEEE Computer Society Smart Grid Vision Project, Functional Concepts

The IEEE Computer Society Smart Grid Vision Project (CS-SGVP) Report describes 27 functional concepts within three categories with operational scenarios as well as assumptions for the grid characteristics and underlying technologies. As shown in the first article in this series, these functional scenarios are mapped to the technologies described in the Technological Concepts. The Functional Concepts can be described in the three categories as systemic, enabling, and performance.