Lessons learned in building a middleware for smart grids
Ref: CISTER-TR-160508 Publication Date: Aug 2016
Lessons learned in building a middleware for smart gridsRef: CISTER-TR-160508 Publication Date: Aug 2016
Smart grids play an important role in the modernization and optimization of the existing electrical grid, to accomplish the current European Union Energy and Climate targets. Smart grids require distributed applications to manage the grid more efficiently. The performance of the distributed applications impacts on the communications delay time and on the timely interaction with the devices located in the users’ Home Area Networks. This paper presents the results of the ENCOURAGE project related to the development of a software platform to support smart grids. The work presented in this paper assesses four different middleware configurations and analyses the results on the delay performance tests. The results show that the mean end-to-end delay is between 310 ms and 453 ms in proper conditions. In terms of operational costs, the optimal configuration enables managing houses with less than 0.25 Euros per month per house. This paper justifies the maturity of the technology to support smart grids, and the possibility to transfer the ENCOURAGE project results to the industry.
Published in Journal of Green Engineering (JGE), River Publishers, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 1-26.