Download - Smart cities need a smart grid: but what type of smart grid?

This week's featured download comes from NES, presenting a white paper on how smart grids can successfully support smart cities.
Published: Tue 29 May 2018

A smart city needs a smart grid.

There are lots of energy grid solutions which have the label “smart”, but are they all really “smart”? Which are “smart enough” to play an active role in the smart city. And what does “smart enough” mean?

The objectives of the smart city include energy reliability and efficiency, sustainable energy supply, transmission and consumption, a balance between energy demand and supply, an optimised infrastructure, among others.

Smart grid solutions are available today to support and enable smart cities in these objectives. But the label of “smart” has been applied too widely and too indiscriminately to make any “smart” solution suitable for a smart city without further qualification and evaluation.

NES indicates the dimensions by which a smart grid can be judged to ensure it is “smart enough” for a smart city. When reviewing the demands on the smart grid, the white paper reviews how the smart grid rates against features such as security, distributed intelligence, communications, and others; and it defines the suitability of the smart grid for a smart city in accordance to these set dimensions.

In this paper, NES defines what the smart grid needs to do – in essence, what “smart enough” means, in terms that can be applied to specification of the smart grid which will successfully support the Smart City.

About NES

Networked Energy Services Corporation is a global smart energy leader in the worldwide transformation of the electricity grid into an energy control network, enabling utilities to provide their customers with a more efficient and reliable service, to protect their systems from current and emerging cyber-security threats, and to offer innovative new services that enable active, intelligent use of energy.

Networked Energy Services Corporation is a global smart energy leader in the worldwide transformation of the electricity grid into an energy control network, enabling utilities to provide their customers with a more efficient and reliable service, to protect their systems from current and emerging cyber-security threats, and to offer innovative new services that enable active, intelligent use of energy.

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