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Smart Grids

Clouds, Communications, Open Source, and Automation, 1st Edition

Edited by David Bakken

CRC Press

466 pages | 163 B/W Illus.

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The utilization of sensors, communications, and computer technologies to create greater efficiency in the generation, transmission, distribution, and consumption of electricity will enable better management of the electric power system. As the use of smart grid technologies grows, utilities will be able to automate meter reading and billing and consumers will be more aware of their energy usage and the associated costs. The results will require utilities and their suppliers to develop new business models, strategies, and processes.

With an emphasis on reducing costs and improving return on investment (ROI) for utilities, Smart Grids: Clouds, Communications, Open Source, and Automation explores the design and implementation of smart grid technologies, considering the benefits to consumers as well as businesses. Focusing on industrial applications, the text:

  • Provides a state-of-the-art account of the smart grid
  • Explains how smart grid technologies are currently being used
  • Includes detailed examples and test cases for real-life implementation
  • Discusses trade-offs associated with the utilization of smart grid technologies
  • Describes smart grid simulation software and offers insight into the future of the smart grid

The electric power grid is in the early stages of a sea of change. Nobody knows which business models will survive, but companies heeding the lessons found in Smart Grids: Clouds, Communications, Open Source, and Automation might just increase their chances for success.


"… a well-planned research material for academic and industry professionals interested in the future of power generation and distribution. … This book is needed to promote discussion among professionals about the direction of smart grid evolution. … The book can be used as a primary material in an advanced-level course dedicated toward smart grids, as well as a supplementary material in a power distribution concepts course. … The complex ideas conveyed in this book are written in an easy-to-understand way, leaving the reader with a desire to read more."

—Jerzy Swic, Silicomotive Solutions, Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

"Especially noteworthy are the different contributions merging Smart Grid developments with Cloud Computing, showing up ways to improve grid reliability and power quality through on demand access to scalable computing resources while at the same time reducing IT infrastructure and maintenance cost for Smart Grid operators."

—Dr. Lars T. Berger, BreezeSolve

"Cloud computing is critical for implementing smart grid technologies and this book provides great background material for researchers in the traditional power system area to learn and use this important technology. This book also provides an entry for cloud computing experts to apply their research to smart grids."

—Hemanshu R. Pota, The University of New South Wales Canberra, Australia

Table of Contents

Mission-Critical Cloud Computing for Next-Generation Power Applications

Thoshitha Gamage, David Anderson, David Bakken, Kenneth Birman, Anjan Bose, Carl Hauser, Ketan Maheshwari, and Robbert van Renesse

Cornell University (Ithaca, New York, USA), Washington State University (Pullman, USA), and Argonne National Laboratory (Lemont, Illinois, USA)

Power Application Possibilities with Mission Critical Cloud Computing

David Bakken, Pranavamoorthy Balasubramanian, Thoshitha Gamage, Santiago Grijalva, Kory W. Hedman, Yilu Lui, Vaithianathan Venkatasubramanian, and Hao Zhu

Washington State University (Pullman, USA), Arizona State University (Tempe, USA), University of Tennessee (Knoxville, USA), Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA), and University of Illinois (Champaign, USA)

Emerging Wide-Area Power Applications with Mission Critical Data Delivery Requirements

Gregary Zweigle

Schweitzer Engineering Labs (Pullman, Washington, USA)

GridStat: High Availability, Low Latency, and Adaptive Sensor Data Delivery for Smart Generation and Transmission

David Bakken, Harald Gjermundrød, and Ioanna Dionysiou

Washington State University (Pullman, USA) and University of Nicosia (Cyprus)

A Distributed Framework for Smart Grid Modelling, Monitoring, and Control

Alfredo Vaccaro and Eugenio Zimeo

University of Sannio (Italy)

The Role of PLC Technology in Smart Grid Communication Networks

Angeliki M. Sarafi, Artemis C. Voulkidis, Spiros Livieratos, and Panayotis G. Cottis

National Technical University of Athens (Greece) and School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (Heraklion, Greece)

Study of Grid’s Topology and Electric Characteristics for Smart Grid Applications

Zhifang Wang, Anna Scaglione, and Robert Thomas

Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, USA), University of California, Davis (USA), and Cornell University (Ithaca, New York, USA)

Open Source Software, an Enabling Technology for Smart Grid Evolution

Fred Elmendorf, Russell Robertson, and Shawn Williams

Grid Protection Alliance (Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA)

Contribution of Microgrids in the Development of the Smart Grid

Tine L. VanDoorn and Lieven Vandenvelde

Ghent University (Belgium)

Microgrids - Design, Function, Operation

Mietek Glinkowski, Gary Rackliffe, and Lokesh Verma

ABB, Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland)

Integrating Consumer Advance Demand Information in Smart Grid Supply Chains

Tongdan Jin, Chongqing Kang, and Heping Chen

Texas State University (San Marcos, USA) and Tsinghua University (Beijing, People’s Republic of China)

Photovoltaic Energy Generation and Control

Ayman Blorfan, Damien Flieller, Patrice Wira, and Jean Mercklé

Université de Haute Alsace (Mulhouse, France) and Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (Strasbourg, France)

Self-Tuning and Self-Diagnosing Simulation

Jin Ma

North China Electric Power University (Beijing)

Stable Multi-Agent Based Fully Distributed Optimization of Smart Grids

Yinliang Xu, Wei Zhang, and Wenxin Liu

New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, USA)

Expert Systems Application for the Reconfiguration of Electric Distribution Systems

Horacio Tovar-Hernández and Guillermo Gutierrez-Alcaraz

Instituto Tecnológico de Morelia (Mexico)

Load Data Cleansing and Bus Load Coincidence Factors

Wenyuan Li, Ke Wang, and Wijarn Wangdee

Chongqing University (People’s Republic of China), BC Hydro (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), and King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok (Thailand)

Smart Metering and Infrastructure

Wenpeng Luan and Wenyuan Li

State Grid Smart Grid Research Institute (Beijing, People’s Republic of China), Chongqing University (People’s Republic of China), and BC Hydro (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Vision of Future Control Centers in Smart Grids

Fangxing (Fran) Li and Pei Zhang

University of Tennessee (Knoxville, USA)

About the Editor

David Bakken is a professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University, as well as chief scientist at GridStat, Inc., Pullman, Washington, USA. His research interests include wide-area distributed computing systems, middleware implementation, and dependable computing. His GridStat data delivery software has influenced the shape of the emerging NASPInet. Since 1999 he has been working closely with electric power researchers to rethink wide-area data delivery in power grids, and is considered the world’s leading expert on the subject. He is a frequent visitor and lecturer at utilities, electrical engineering departments, and power meetings worldwide.

Dr. Krzysztof (Kris) Iniewski is managing R&D at Redlen Technologies Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, a leading manufacturer of high resolution cadmium zinc telluride semiconductor radiation detectors. He is also president of CMOS Emerging Technologies Research Inc., Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, an organization hosting high-tech events on communications, microsystems, optoelectronics, and sensors. A popular speaker and consultant, he has published over 100 research papers, written and edited several books, and held faculty and management positions at University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada; and PMC-Sierra Inc., Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

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Devices, Circuits, and Systems

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Energy
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Electrical