Smart Grids and Sustainable Energy Systems: An Introduction
Pierluigi Mancarella, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester, UK
Luis F. Ochoa, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester, UK
A unified view of the concepts of low carbon technologies, energy sustainability and Smart Grids
Smart Grids and Sustainable Energy Systems: An Introduction is a unique guide to the concepts of low carbon technologies, energy sustainability and Smart Grids, subjects that are typically taught separately.Based on the material taught by the authors, this textbook discusses the fundamentals of a sustainable energy system with the Smart Grid paradigm as its key enabler.
The main components of such a system, from low carbon generation (e.g., based on wind, solar, co– and tri–generation) to energy storage and electric vehicles, are introduced along with the operational and planning benefits and impacts brought by the wide–scale adoption of low–carbon technologies. This is followed by the most promising Smart Grid solutions to deal with the relevant challenges considering technical, economic and environmental aspects. Concepts such as active network management, demand response, microgrids and virtual power plants, as well as the multi–energy interactions between electricity and other sectors – including the development of smart buildings, districts and cities – are also explored.
- Provides insight into the potential opportunities for future energy networks by studying smart grid and sustainable energy systems in parallel.
- Strengthens the reader s understanding of the technologies, challenges and solutions associated with a low carbon energy system future.
- Supports teaching with tutorials (introducing the basics of power systems and energy markets), case studies, examples and problems, including computer–based problems and solutions via a companion website.
An essential guide on Smart Grids and sustainable energy systems, aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and practitioners.