Smart Grids: intelligent power management

Promoted as a means of ensuring more efficient electricity production and distribution, smart grid technology, a combination of physical networks and IT, is the focus of major research and pilot programmes. The idea behind the smart grid Smart grid solutions use information technology to optimise energy production and distribution and ensure that utility companies can meet consumers’ needs more efficiently. A smart grid consists of physical networks linked via sensors to IT control centres, powerful data analysis systems and communicating meters for end-users. The advantages of such solutions include a load-management strategy that reduces peak hour demand for energy, reduced...

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