Advances in Smart Grids Control Systems

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2024 | Viewed by 735

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Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, “George Emil Palade” University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science and Technology of Targu Mures, 540088 Târgu Mureș, Romania
Interests: grid integration of renewable energy resources; power quality; power systems reliability analysis; renewable power; energy systems engineering
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Department of Power Engineering, “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, 700050 Iasi, Romania
Interests: smart grids; applications of artificial intelligence in analysis; operation; control and management; optimization techniques; energy efficiency
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Dear Colleagues,

The integration of new advanced technologies into smart energy systems and grids requires a multi-dimensional understanding of and approach to energy demand, energy resources, infrastructure operation, security and costs issues. These technical, economic and, not least, environment-related challenges need a new complex addressing at both theoretical and practical levels. The finding of tangible solutions represents a quest for academia, industry and society in general, implying the exploring and development in searching of the technologies beyond the currently known horizons.

New ideas and findings in smart grids-related fields could offer the opportunity to enhance, optimize and increase energy availability and usage. Namely, these include the optimal and safe usage of available energy resources, efficient energy conversion control solutions, and power systems integration of distributed resources by assuring power quality, security and environment-neutral impact for long term and sustainable development.

This Special Issue aims to highlight novel, innovative and cutting-edge research to address current and future smart grids development and operation.

Dr. Cristian-Dragoș Dumitru
Prof. Dr. Gheorghe Grigoras
Guest Editors

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  • smart grids
  • control strategies
  • control systems
  • distributed energy resources
  • energy management systems
  • power quality
  • grid integration of renewable energy systems
  • grid automation
  • demand-response
  • Internet of Things (IoT) in smart grids
  • cyber security, vehicle to grid (V2G)
  • storage systems

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A Review of Smart Grid Anomaly Detection Approaches Pertaining to Artificial Intelligence
Appl. Sci. 2024, 14(3), 1194; - 31 Jan 2024
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The size of power grids and a complex technological infrastructure with higher levels of automation, connectivity, and remote access make it necessary to be able to detect anomalies of various kinds using optimal and intelligent methods. This paper is a review of studies [...] Read more.
The size of power grids and a complex technological infrastructure with higher levels of automation, connectivity, and remote access make it necessary to be able to detect anomalies of various kinds using optimal and intelligent methods. This paper is a review of studies related to the detection of anomalies in smart grids using AI. Digital repositories were explored considering publications between the years 2011 and 2023. Iterative searches were carried out to consider studies with different approaches, propose experiments, and help identify the most applied methods. Seven objects of study related to anomalies in SG were identified: attacks on data integrity, unusual measurements and consumptions, intrusions, network infrastructure, electrical data, identification of cyber-attacks, and use of detection devices. The issues relating to cybersecurity prove to be widely studied, especially to prevent intrusions, fraud, data falsification, and uncontrolled changes in the network model. There is a clear trend towards the conformation of anomaly detection frameworks or hybrid solutions. Machine learning, regression, decision trees, deep learning, support vector machines, and neural networks are widely used. Other proposals are presented in novel forms, such as federated learning, hyperdimensional computing, and graph-based methods. More solutions are needed that do not depend on a lot of data or knowledge of the network model. The use of AI to solve SG problems is generating an evolution towards what could be called next-generation smart grids. At the end of this document is a list of acronyms and terminology. Full article
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