The Introduction of the Special Issue

A smart grid uses digital technology to improve reliability, security, and efficiency of the electric system. Due to the vast number of stakeholders and their various perspectives, there has been debate on a definition of a smart grid that addresses the special emphasis desired by each participant. The areas of the electric system that cover the scope of a smart grid include the following:

1-Area, regional and national coordination regimes

2-Distributed-energy resource technology

3-Delivery (transmission and distribution [T&D]) infrastructure

4-Central generation

5-Information networks and finance

The state of smart grid deployment covers a broad array of electric system capabilities and services enabled through pervasive communications and information technology, with the objective to improve reliability, operating efficiency, resiliency to threats, and our impact to the environment. Major technical barriers include developing economical storage systems; these storage systems can help solve other technical challenges, such as integrating distributed renewable-energy sources with the grid, addressing power-quality problems that would otherwise exacerbate the situation, and enhancing asset utilization. Without a smart grid, high penetrations of variable renewable resources may become more difficult and expensive to manage due to the greater need to coordinate these resources with dispatchable generation and demand. Another challenge facing a smart grid is the uncertainty of the path that its development will take over time with changing technology, changing energy mixes, changing energy policy, and developing climate change policy. Trying to legislate or regulate the development of a smart grid or its related technologies can severely diminish the benefits of the virtual, flexible, and transparent energy market it strives to provide. Conversely, with the entire nation’s energy grid potentially at risk, some may see the introduction of a smart grid in the advanced countries like the USA as too important to allow laissez-faire evolution. Thus, the challenge of development becomes an issue of providing flexible regulation that leverages desired and developing technology through goal-directed and business-case-supported policy that promotes a positive economic outcome.


The Research Scope of the Special Issue

· Charging/Discharging scheduling of electric vehicles

· Distributed generation units and its influences on smart grids

· Optimization algorithm for smart grids management and control

· Control of energy storage systems

· Electricity market

· Microgrids

· Demand response


The Article Title of the Special Issue

1: New optimization algorithms for large-scale problems

2: Demand response programs in smart grid operation

3: Energy and reserve scheduling in smart grids considering electricity market

4: Trends in energy storage systems technology

5: integration of smart home to participate in electricity market programs

6: Distributed generation units based on renewable energy technology

7: Advances on operation of micro-grids


Submission guidelines

All papers should be submitted via the Insight-Power and Electrical submission system: http://insight.piscomed.com/index.php/IPE/index

Submitted articles should not be published or under review elsewhere. All submissions will be subject to the journal’s standard peer review process. Criteria for acceptance include originality, contribution, scientific merit and relevance to the field of interest of the Special Issue.


Important Dates

Paper Submission Due: January ,2020


The Lead Guest Editor

Javad Ansari