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Smart Grid for Future Electricity Networks

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The emergence of Internet of Things (IoT), and developments in state-of-the-art technologies facilitate the transformation of electrical power grids into smart grids. The smart grid provides highly consistent and reliable services through efficient energy management practices, peer-to-peer energy trading, smart metering integration, automation, precision decision support systems, cybersecurity, and self-healing facilities. The smart grid also brings the benefits of seamless integration of renewable energy sources to electricity networks for a sustainable climate-friendly power system for the future.

The power system is moving towards a more decentralized model and distributed generators (DGs) are integrated into the existing power grid to address the global climate change and energy crisis. The dynamics of power flow are also changing, and this requires looking into the capability and capacity of the existing power infrastructure compared to conventional central large generation. Small scale DGs are becoming one of the building blocks of the future smart electricity grid.

Smart grid infrastructure includes automation technologies for smart power delivery; DGs, Energy Storage, Electric vehicles (EVs); control and operation management of grid-connected and off-grid microgrids; integrated communications among all smart grid entities; automation technologies for smart power delivery; fault detection, energy pricing, and energy market; grid data management, data security or data protection; cybersecurity and threats and energy policy under new smart grid environment. Recently, there is an emerging interest to apply IoT technology in these smart grid applications. The IoT offers operational intelligence in the energy sector and increases energy efficiency through dynamic control and management of the grid assets, reducing the maintenance cost. Increase operational safety and improve the efficiency and sustainability of electricity generation, delivery, and use.

This Research Topic accepts Original Research and Review papers related to the smart grid and its enabling technologies, including, but not limited to:
1.           Smart Grid: Trends, Perspectives, and Challenges
2.           Energy-efficient and reliable power systems with the smart grid;
3.           Renewable energy, energy storage, and EV integration issues on the smart grid;
4.           Smart and innovative control strategies to improve the efficiency and reliability of electricity networks;
5.           Smart Grid for V2G and G2V;
6.           Enabling technologies for smart grid and IoT;
7.           Communication systems/protocol for smart grid (IEC61850)/Industry 4.0;
8.           Smart Metering for Demand Side Management/Demand response;
9.           IoT Technologies for power transmission, distribution, and utilization systems;
10.         Application of Artificial Intelligence, Big data, Deep Learning and Blockchain on Smart Grid;
11.         Smart Grid-enabled Peer-to-Peer energy trading;
12.         Intelligent control strategies for power-sharing among microgrids;
13.         Smart Grid and IoT for smart energy management;
14.         Energy pricing/energy market/energy policy for the smart grid.


Keywords: Smart Grids; Internet of Things; Power System; Distributed Generators


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The emergence of Internet of Things (IoT), and developments in state-of-the-art technologies facilitate the transformation of electrical power grids into smart grids. The smart grid provides highly consistent and reliable services through efficient energy management practices, peer-to-peer energy trading, smart metering integration, automation, precision decision support systems, cybersecurity, and self-healing facilities. The smart grid also brings the benefits of seamless integration of renewable energy sources to electricity networks for a sustainable climate-friendly power system for the future.

The power system is moving towards a more decentralized model and distributed generators (DGs) are integrated into the existing power grid to address the global climate change and energy crisis. The dynamics of power flow are also changing, and this requires looking into the capability and capacity of the existing power infrastructure compared to conventional central large generation. Small scale DGs are becoming one of the building blocks of the future smart electricity grid.

Smart grid infrastructure includes automation technologies for smart power delivery; DGs, Energy Storage, Electric vehicles (EVs); control and operation management of grid-connected and off-grid microgrids; integrated communications among all smart grid entities; automation technologies for smart power delivery; fault detection, energy pricing, and energy market; grid data management, data security or data protection; cybersecurity and threats and energy policy under new smart grid environment. Recently, there is an emerging interest to apply IoT technology in these smart grid applications. The IoT offers operational intelligence in the energy sector and increases energy efficiency through dynamic control and management of the grid assets, reducing the maintenance cost. Increase operational safety and improve the efficiency and sustainability of electricity generation, delivery, and use.

This Research Topic accepts Original Research and Review papers related to the smart grid and its enabling technologies, including, but not limited to:
1.           Smart Grid: Trends, Perspectives, and Challenges
2.           Energy-efficient and reliable power systems with the smart grid;
3.           Renewable energy, energy storage, and EV integration issues on the smart grid;
4.           Smart and innovative control strategies to improve the efficiency and reliability of electricity networks;
5.           Smart Grid for V2G and G2V;
6.           Enabling technologies for smart grid and IoT;
7.           Communication systems/protocol for smart grid (IEC61850)/Industry 4.0;
8.           Smart Metering for Demand Side Management/Demand response;
9.           IoT Technologies for power transmission, distribution, and utilization systems;
10.         Application of Artificial Intelligence, Big data, Deep Learning and Blockchain on Smart Grid;
11.         Smart Grid-enabled Peer-to-Peer energy trading;
12.         Intelligent control strategies for power-sharing among microgrids;
13.         Smart Grid and IoT for smart energy management;
14.         Energy pricing/energy market/energy policy for the smart grid.


Keywords: Smart Grids; Internet of Things; Power System; Distributed Generators


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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