Smart Grid: The Central Nervous System for Power Supply - New Paradigms, New Challenges, New Services

Scientific Series of the Innovation Centre Energy at the Technische Universität Berlin, Vol. 2, University Press, Berlin, Germany

28 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2010 Last revised: 15 Jul 2014

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Sebastian Knab

Rohrbeck Heger

Kai Strunz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Heiko Lehmann

Deutsche Telekom AG - Deutsche Telekom Laboratories

Date Written: October 19, 2009

Abstract

In future power systems, a smart grid is expected to manage supply and demand of electricity efficiently. This article explores (1) the trends and challenges of today’s power system that trigger the development of smart grids, (2) the elements that may eventually constitute the smart grid and (3) the role a telecommunication provider may adopt in the emerging smart grid market. The trend towards an increasing share of renewable and distributed energy sources bears two major challenges: A lack of predictability and a lack of controllability of power generation. This article introduces four elements of a smart grid which address these challenges: virtual power plants, demand side management, control of power flow and storage and buffering. Finally, it is pointed out that in order to enhance the smart grid’s actual value, the elements have to be systemically integrated. It is argued that telecommunication pro-viders are well positioned to address the integration challenges as they have crucial experiences and capabilities: profound understanding of large IP networks, expe-riences in cloud computing, extensive service platform know-how and cooperation experience.

Keywords: Smart Grid, Virtual Power Plant, Demand Side Management, Energy Storage, Telecommunication

Suggested Citation

Knab, Sebastian and Strunz, Kai and Lehmann, Heiko, Smart Grid: The Central Nervous System for Power Supply - New Paradigms, New Challenges, New Services (October 19, 2009). Scientific Series of the Innovation Centre Energy at the Technische Universität Berlin, Vol. 2, University Press, Berlin, Germany, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1531655

Sebastian Knab (Contact Author)

Rohrbeck Heger ( email )

Berlin
Germany

Kai Strunz

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Heiko Lehmann

Deutsche Telekom AG - Deutsche Telekom Laboratories ( email )

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Darmstadt, 64295
United States

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