International Institute of Applied Research and Technology

Distribution Grid-Innovations

Distribution automation enables real-time adjustments to changing loads, generation and distribution system failures with or without operator intervention. It requires control of field devices and communications to allow automated decision making in the field and relaying of critical information to the utility control center when it is needed most – during storms and related restoration activities. Traditionally, utilities have had very little information and even less control of power delivery beyond substations. With the addition of abundant sensors sending millions of data points back to the utility’s control center, there is now the opportunity for distribution automation and a “self-healing” grid.

SmartHG FP7 project

Currently ongoing project:

  • The SmartHG is acronym of the project. Full name is Energy Demand Aware Open Services for Smart Grid Intelligent Automation.
  • Project consortium consists of 11 international companies from several European countries.
  • Project URL: http://smarthg.di.uniroma1.it/