Combined Studies of Power Electronics and Communication Networks for the Smart Grid
The modernization of the current power grid has brought forward many requirements in order to make possible the vision of a smarter grid. This paper presents these challenges and the current achievements in order to aid in its transformation. It identifies developing applications within the power network; from centralized generation to distribution in terms of power electronics, power systems, and communications. A summary of the current undergoing studies in a lab setting geared towards solving the needs of the smart grid is described. Furthermore, a case study which emphasizes the communication, control, and simulation aspects for the smart grid is expressed and results are displayed in detail.