Intelligence has been integral to electricity grids since their inception: supervision, control and protection have always been key activities for system operators. So, what’s different about the smart grid?

Grids are becoming more complex for a variety of reasons, including the roll-out of distributed generation, changes in customer behaviour and demand for efficiency throughout the energy value chain. Smart grids can handle increased complexity more efficiently and effectively than traditional networks. Even when using proven technologies, switching to smart grids generally requires the development of innovative applications and breakthrough solutions.

CESI covers the entire value chain in smart distribution networks, which are a vital part of the smart grid:

  • Advanced metering infrastructure, the key enabling infrastructure for developing advanced services for customers, including in-home devices and demand-response programmes.
  • Network automation allows the network to react autonomously to unexpected external events, allowing immediate cost savings for the distribution system operator.
  • Integrating distributed generation is one of the most important reason for developing smart grids.
  • Home area networks and energy management systems allow customers to interact more deeply with the power system and have a better idea of how much power they are using.