Smart consumer system

Smart consumer system

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Smart-grid technology will have a big impact on the way we generate, transport and consume electrical energy. Consumers will be the one who will be benefited most from the smart-grid technology. This chapter will discuss about the types of consumers, their role, their responsibilities and their awareness about smart-grid technology, relationship between the energy provider and consumer, and related issues. Also, this chapter presents a few case studies and their results. Consumers are grouped into three categories, namely industrial, commercial and residential. The demand-side management, the benefits of demand-side management in smart-grid technology and technological requirements to implement it are presented in detail. The consumer behaviour, their level of awareness about smart-grid technology, how to enhance the awareness and the man power training needs are discussed. The various government policies across the world and changes needed for the success of smart-grid technology are presented. Few case studies about the challenges faced and success of smart-grid technology will be useful for the further expansion of smart-grid technology.

Chapter Contents:

  • 9.1 Introduction
  • 9.2 Types of smart-grid consumers
  • 9.2.1 Industrial consumers
  • 9.2.2 Commercial/service consumers
  • 9.2.3 Domestic consumers
  • 9.3 Demand-side management
  • 9.3.1 DSM in industrial consumers
  • 9.3.2 DSM commercial consumers
  • 9.3.3 DSM in residential consumers
  • 9.4 Benefits from smart consumers
  • 9.4.1 Reducing the peak load
  • 9.4.2 Reducing power generation
  • 9.4.3 Postponing the new grid infrastructure
  • 9.4.4 Efficient and reliable operation of grid
  • 9.4.5 Positive environment impact - reducing CO2 emission
  • 9.4.6 Cost saving
  • 9.4.7 Distributed generation and distributed storage
  • 9.4.8 Microgrid and virtual power plants
  • 9.4.9 Opportunity for research, training and manufacturing
  • 9.5 Challenges in smart-grid operations
  • 9.5.1 Challenges faced by utilities
  • 9.5.2 Government policies
  • 9.5.3 Consumer engagement, education and concerns
  • 9.5.4 Technological challenges in smart-grid operations
  • 9.6 Consumer data protection, privacy and system reliability
  • 9.6.1 Reliability
  • 9.7 Case study
  • 9.8 Conclusions
  • References

Inspec keywords: demand side management; consumer behaviour; smart power grids; government policies

Other keywords: electrical energy consumption; man power training; energy provider; demand-side management; consumer behaviour; smart-grid technology; government policies

Subjects: Power system management, operation and economics; Energy and environmental policy, economics and legislation

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