Will we have a smart grid by 2030?

The winning answer:


The smart-er grid, as one should probably best put it, is the way  towards a constant improvement of the way that power is produced and  delivered to the end-customers in a reliable, "green" and cost-efficient way. The concept of the Virtual Power Plant (VPP) is probably the most  promising breakthrough towards the above target. However, it has to be  realistically implemented.

By organizing generaτion (both central and distributed) and  interruptible loads in clusters of separate ownerships and control  blocks that operate within a consistent and comprehensive framework,  will enhance the actual implementation of the smarter grid. A mix of  fossil-fueled stations and renewable energy sources in each VPP will  account for the greener prerequisite, while the combination of fast and  efficiently controlled topologies in generation (power electronics) and  distribution (smart meters) of the VPP realizations will pay for the  optimized power quality offered to the customers. On the same time, the  participation of the recently developed renewables in the energy markets will be normalized through the incorporation of the former in a wider  and also conventional portfolio. That way, the anomalies observed in the first stages of the deployment of renewables (biased feed-in tariffs,  investment subsidies, etc) will be eradicated. The role of power  engineers towards the smarter future of the grids is already major and  reaches out to applied solutions waiting to be identified for extensive  use and application. Further research is certainly required,  nevertheless the fit-and-forget strategy cannot solve the problems to  come - and they will come.