Mohammad Esmalifalak
University of Houston
Department of Electrical Engineering
4800 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX, 77204
Phone: 281-352-1119

Smart Grids

Smart metering

smart way of generation, transmission and control of future electricity

Smart grid is a form of electricity network using digital technology. Smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using two-way digital communications to control appliances at consumers' homes; this could save energy, reduce costs and increase reliability and transparency if the risks inherent in executing massive information technology projects are avoided. The "Smart Grid" is envisioned to overlay the ordinary electrical grid with an information and net metering system, that includes smart meters. Smart grids are being promoted by many governments as a way of addressing energy independence, global warming and emergency resilience issues. The idea of two way communications from suppliers to consumers to control appliances is not new, and systems have been implemented using analog technology for many years. The growth of an extensive digital communication network for the internet has made it practical to consider a more sophisticated type of smart grid. The increased data transmission capacity has made it conceptually possible to apply sensing, measurement and control devices with two-way communications to electricity production, transmission, distribution and consumption parts of the power grid at a more granular level than previously [Wikipedia].

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Good in theory but, chalenging in practic!!!
By the deffinition of Wikipedipa:
A smart meter is usually an electrical meter that records consumption of electric energy in intervals of an hour or less and communicates that information at least daily back to the utility for monitoring and billing purposes. Smart meters enable two-way communication between the meter and the central system. Unlike home energy monitors, smart meters can gather data for remote reporting.
The main challenge in Smart metering, is the huge amount of measured data and analyzing them in Control Center. Best solution for the problem could be Decentralized Data processing centers

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University of Houston
Department of ECE
4800 Calhoun Road, Hoston, TX, 77204
Phone: 1(281) 352 1119
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