Towards a smart power grid


Silvia Santini


March 9, 2010

Report due:

March 2, 2010 (First version)
March 23, 2010 (Camera ready version)


The availability of new technologies to produce, store, monitor, and distribute energy makes a fundamental re-engineering of the existing power grid both a desirable and feasible goal. As summarized by Steve Silberman in 2001, ``every node in the power network of the future will be awake, responsive, adaptive, price-smart, eco-sensitive, real-time, flexible, humming -- and interconnected with everything else.'' These nodes will collectively constitute a new way of ``managing'' energy: a large and highly dynamic distributed energy supply system -- the ``smart grid''.

In the context of this talk, we will outline the main challenges for computer science related to the design and the implementation of such a smart power network and focus on specific technical solutions. In particular, we will outline how the smart grid can be modeled and implemented as a multi-agent system.

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ETH ZurichDistributed Systems Group
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