University of Stirling
The smart grid paradigm is set to revolutionize electrical energy delivery over the next two decades. The advantages will be manifold but the challenges to realization will be correspondingly great and the cost will be large. The probable structure of the smart power grid is reviewed and contrasted with that of the traditional grid. The requirements of the communications component of the smart grid are outlined and the possible roles of wireless communication technologies highlighted. The electromagnetic environment in which smart grid wireless technology will have to operate is discussed as is the application of radio science to insulation condition monitoring and asset management of plant.