IEEE Smart Grid Research program

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IEEE recently announced a range of resources designed to foster continued innovation and advancement of the global smart grid.

The IEEE Smart Grid Research program focuses on five technology sectors that include power, computing, communications, control systems, and vehicle technology. Its goal is to leverage potential use cases, application scenarios and enabling technologies to deliver a comprehensive picture of the next generation of technology in each respective smart grid space.

According to the IEEE, the Smart Grid Research program will have a long-term vision document, reference model and roadmap for each of the five technology sectors, as well as shorter-term research available for addressing more immediate concerns. The materials will cover projections of where the smart grid will evolve to, technology challenges and opportunities, and areas where additional research is needed.


Among the first resources available will be three downloadable Vision documents:

  • IEEE Grid Vision 2050, addressing the smart grid power landscape, offers a long-range view of the power landscape as it relates to the smart grid, including existing and future technology developments and emerging challenges that must be overcome during the next 40 years.
  • IEEE Smart Grid Vision for Computing: 2030 and Beyond examines the evolution of smart grid operational concepts and computing technologies. The document aims to spur investments in computing technologies facilitating fulfillment of smart grid visions and improving power system performance, efficiency, speed, reliability, and resiliency. The document also focuses on an array of computing technologies spanning multiple disciplines and outlines their possible roles in the future electric grid.
  • IEEE Smart Grid Vision for Communications: 2030 and Beyond lays out a vision of the smart grid for the year 2030 from a communications perspective. It also discusses imperatives of different stakeholders, and impediments to realizing this vision. Following the discussion are smart grid goals for different constituencies, and how communications should evolve to enable key smart grid functionality.

Long-term IEEE Smart Grid Research resources represent a collaborative effort being jointly produced by IEEE-SA and its relevant IEEE technical societies, which are partnering to develop long-term documents in each of the five technology topic areas. Participating societies include IEEE Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc), IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Control Systems Society (IEEE CSS), IEEE Intelligent Transportation Society (IEEE ITSS) and IEEE Power & Energy Society (IEEE PES).

“IEEE Smart Grid Research will provide research topics and problem statements for where further research and investment are needed for smart grid technology development,” said Georges Simard, editor-in-chief, IEEE Grid Vision 2050. “By providing future snapshots of years 2015, 2020, 2030 and beyond, these projects allow us to look past today’s smart grid event horizon and chart a successful course for the smart grid of tomorrow.”

Also soon to be available are two research papers, “Global Consumer Socialization of Smart Grid”, and “Cyber Security for the Smart Grid”. Targeted toward smart grid practitioners and researchers, both papers are intended to help in the identification of problems and challenges in the short-term. Global Consumer Socialization of Smart Grid explores emerging consumer issues and will help utilities and energy companies better engage with and address the needs of customers globally. Cyber Security for the Smart Grid examines details of cyber security vulnerabilities existing throughout the smart grid value chain, mitigation efforts undertaken by countries, and measures to be implemented going forward.

Source: IEEE

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