Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Distribution Network Reliability in the Smart Grid Era

Publishing date
01 Nov 2019
Submission deadline
28 Jun 2019

Lead Editor

1University of Catania, Catania, Italy

2Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

3University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy

Distribution Network Reliability in the Smart Grid Era

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The application of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and automation technologies in the distribution system together with the diffusion of new power system actors implies a tight connection between benefits and new challenges for the whole system. Distribution System Operators perceive the increase of complexity and the absence of a regulatory framework as weaknesses of the Smart Grid that could worsen the current reliability level. Therefore, a Smart Grid has to orchestrate new actors and technologies to ensure a resilient and adaptive distribution system, able to satisfy load demand and environmental necessities.

The future reliability of the Smart Grid depends upon its ability to solve problems arising from the proliferation of renewable-based generators and electric vehicles. The main challenge is turning them into resources for the network towards the implementation of the Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) concept, which also involves a wider use of energy storage systems. Smart Grids can benefit from the positive effects arising from advanced management and automation systems, sensors’ networks, remote control, and autonomous Microgrids, but potential implementation issues need to be highlighted and solved. Inherent issues need to be considered when implementing Smart Grids, such as the transformation of the distribution network into a cyber-physical system that may lead to a less reliable electric system due to security issues in case of cyber-attacks and due to dependability of the ICT system.

This special issue welcomes the submission of research on new techniques and tools able to assess and enhance the reliability of the distribution network accounting for several topics involved in Smart Grid paradigm implementation. Works focusing on the application of Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things for improving Smart Grid reliability are also encouraged.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Analytical and Monte Carlo methods for the evaluation of reliability and inherent risk
  • Artificial Intelligence, automation, DERs and Microgrids, remote control, and edge computing to improve Smart Grid reliability
  • Resilience against failures, disasters, and cyber-attacks
  • Regulation, big data analytics, and optimal design for increasing Smart Grid reliability
  • Beyond numerical simulations: projects, demonstrators, laboratories, hardware-in-the-loop simulations, and analysis for testing the factual reliability of the Smart Grid
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