IEEE recently launched a one-stop source for information about its involvement in helping make the electricity grid “smart.” The IEEE Smart Grid Web portal features conferences, publications, standards, tutorials, and news about the topic. For example, there’s a list of upcoming IEEE smart-grid-related conferences. Next up is the IEEE Green Technologies Conference, on 15 and 16 April, in Grapevine, Texas
The Publications section of the site contains the latest research papers from the IEEE Xplore digital library, standards working group reports, and articles from IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.
In the Standards section, visitors can buy any of about 100 IEEE standards and learn about new ones being developed. Approved standards include recommended practices for interconnecting distributed resources with electric power systems and for transferring power-quality data.
The Education section offers tutorials on topics including sustainable green engineering, the challenges of developing sustainable green technologies, distributed generation, and protecting control systems from cyber threats.
In the Media Center section are videos about the smart grid and the latest news on the IEEE Smart Grid Initiative. Launched last year, the initiative is aimed at developing guidelines for the power engineering, communications, and information technology areas on how a smart grid should operate.
The Web site also presents a conceptual model at http://smartgrid.ieee.org/nist-smartgrid-framework that illustrates how the smart grid operates and the standards necessary for each component. The model was designed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which has been collaborating with other standards bodies, including IEEE, to develop a framework for the smart grid. The framework is divided into seven domains: transmission, bulk generation, distribution, customers, operations, markets, and service providers. By clicking on a domain, visitors can get details about how each one works.