Smart Grid Infrastructures
Trend Report 2010/2011
Benedikt Römer, Julian Sußmann, Christian Menkens, Marie-Luise Lorenz, Philip Mayrhofer (eds.)
CDTM, München, 2011
333 p., XXVI
Smart Grids are on everyone’s lips. They represent the convergence of the electricity system with information and communication technologies (ICT) forming a complex cyber physical system.
The aim of all the efforts within this area is to increase energy efficiency and to allow for a stable integration of fluctuating distributed renewable energy sources into the electricity system. This new so-called “Internet of Energy” is one very important step on the way to a sustainable energy system.
Smart grids will affect not only the energy industry, but stakeholders of various industries as well as private households. Thus, this report examines possible future scenarios and matching product or service ideas from five perspectives. The proposed ideas range from the so-called “Energy Brain” (aggregating data in a cloud-like approach) and “SCI:LastMile” (enabling the balancing of the low voltage grid) over “SmartMicroGrid” (dealing with areas not yet fully connected to a smart grid) and “Energy&Drive” (taking on upcoming challenges for e-mobility) to “EnergyOnTheGo” (allowing seamless electricity roaming for the future mobile European citizen).
Ideas like these that take different future scenarios into consideration need to be found for all participating players of a future smart grid.