February – Smart Grid for Smart Cities
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Written by Larissa Paredes Muse
Cities are one of the most significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions and also experience the hardest consequences of climate change, including catastrophic grid failures due to extreme weather events. Consequently, utilities and municipalities must work together and respond fast to restore the grid to a minimum operational state and guarantee the population’s safety and well-being.
Written by Sudhir K. Routray
The Cellular Internet of things (CIoT) are deployed alongside the mobile cellular infrastructure. These networks do not need too many extra resources for their operation. CIoT networks can be easily deployed with lower costs and lower complexities. In the smart grid and smart city initiatives, we need a lot of support functions from IoT. In this regard, CIoT can support them to a large extent. In this article, we list the main utilities of CIoT for smart grids and smart cities. We show that some of the CIoT based services are beneficial to both smart grids and smart cities.
Written by Irina Oleinikova
As zero operational-cost variable Renewable Energy Sources (RES) are foreseen to dominate the future energy mix, the abundance of green electricity will allow the replacement of fossil fuels in sectors such as heating, cooling, industrial processes, and transport. The intermittency of such energy resources implies significant systemic requirements for flexible solutions; thus, developments of the energy sector in general, and the power system in particular, instigate significant innovation activities in the fields of power system flexibility. Concurrently, complexities and interdependencies of system components and multitude of actors increase the risks of service failures, raising the demand for stronger and more agile resilience means and countermeasures. This article discusses the question, “How can flexibility support resilience?”, considering the increased societal needs of a secure electricity supply.
Written by Sudhir K. Routray
Smart cities are popular around the world due to their flexibility and ease of access for both businesses and individual needs. However, the increasing demand for energy in smart cities creates a need for smart energy management framework. In this regard, smart grids are found to be the good choice to handle the energy needs of the smart cities. Smart grid is now a well-established technology with the ability to handle different types of loads and sources. In this article, we provide a few instances of efficient energy management in smart cities using the facilities available in smart grid frameworks.