Special Session 8

P2P Communication, Control and Computing for Smart Grids

  • Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 16:30-18:00, Room Radisson Blu Pakkala
  • Session Chair:  Geert Deconinck (KU Leuven, Belgium)


Recently, there has been a rapid growth in Distributed Energy Resources (DER) such as distributed generation and energy storage connecting to the distribution network and micro-generation and flexible loads at the premises of end users. Estimates reveal that renewable energy sources based on solar, wind, geothermal and tides can meet a large portion of the energy demand. These resources are not actively utilized at the distribution system by distribution network operators, retailors or energy service providers, as there are no active markets in place to incentivize DERs at the edge of the grid. Therefore, results that demonstrate a smarter electricity distribution system integrated with advanced Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), regional markets and innovative business models are of essence. One approach is to employ Peer-to-Peer (P2P) approaches or decentralised system design to ensure the integration of demand side flexibility and the optimum operation of DER and other resources within the network while maintaining second-to-second power balance and the quality and security of the supply. The proposed Special Session is aimed at providing the communication professionals with the insight information about the needs and challenges the smart energy grids provide, identifying the most focal points requiring the efforts of the community, and coming up with the roadmap for the future.