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Smart houses in the smart grid: Developing an interactive network

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Author: Dimeas, A. · Drenkard, S. · Hatziargyriou, N. · Karnouskos, S. · Kok, J.K. · Ringelstein, J. · Weidlich, A.
Source:IEEE Electrification Magazine, 1, 2, 81-93
Identifier: 526085
doi: doi:10.1109/MELE.2013.2297032
Keywords: Informatics · Electric utilities · Demand and supply · Distribution grid · Electricity distribution systems · Electricity grids · Electricity-consumption · Integrate renewable energies · Networked collaboration · Private households · Smart power grids · Infrastructures · Information Society · Communication & Information · SEM - Service Enabling & Management · TS - Technical Sciences


Private households constitute a considerable share of Europe's electricity consumption. The current electricity distribution system treats them as effectively passive individual units. In the future, however, users of the electricity grid will be involved more actively in the grid operation and can become part of intelligent networked collaborations. They can then contribute the demand and supply flexibility that they dispose of and, as a result, help to better integrate renewable energy in-feed into the distribution grids. © 2014 IEEE.