Planning and designing smart grids: philosophical considerations

P.F. Ribeiro, H. Polinder, M.J. Verkerk

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The electric power grid is a crucial part of societal infrastructure and needs constant attention to maintain its performance and reliability. European grid project investments are currently valued at over 5 billion Euros and are estimated to reach 56 billion by 2020 [2]. Successful smart grid deployment will require a holistic analysis and design process if it is to function properly and in an environmentally sustainable way. The entire system must be treated as integrated, not as isolated parts [3]. System integration and full customer engagement are crucial elements of this development. An evaluation of European smart grid projects showed that it was very difficult to grasp technological and non-technological key characteristics of this complex system [4].
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-43
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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