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A smart grid uses sensing, embedded processing, digital communications and software to integrate grid-derived information into utility processes and systems, thus making it observable (able to measure the states of all grid elements), controllable (able to affect the state of any grid element) and automated (able to adapt, self-adjust and correct). A smart grid supports the three main pillars of utility function:1) delivery of reliable, high-quality, sustainable energy: 2) asset utilization optimization and asset life-cycle management; and 3) advanced customer services and choice enablement.
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