Power grid complex network evolutions for the smart grid

Giuliano Andrea Pagani, Marco Aiello

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The shift towards an energy grid dominated by prosumers (consumers and producers of energy) will inevitably have repercussions on the electricity distribution infrastructure. Today the grid is a hierarchical one delivering energy from large scale facilities to end-users. Tomorrow it will be a capillary infrastructure at the medium and low voltage levels that will support local energy trading among prosumers. We investigate how different network topologies and growth models facilitate a more efficient and reliable network, and how they can facilitate the emergence of a decentralized electricity market. We show how connectivity plays an important role in improving the properties of reliability and path-cost reduction. Our results indicate that a specific type of evolution balances best the ratio between increased connectivity and costs to achieve the network growth.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)248-266
Aantal pagina's19
TijdschriftPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
StatusPublished - 2014

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