Energycon 2014

Organized by: IEEE

Date & venue: 12-16 May, 2014, Cavtat- Dubrovnik – Hotel Croatia

The Energycon event was an opportunity to present a research paper on Smart Grid decision making part of my PhD. Very related to the topic I discussed in an old post: Smart Money for Smart Grids. It was included in the Distribution Grid Planning and Operation Session, part of the Track- Low Carbon Energy Systems.

The event, was also an opportunity to see other research on the subject, and enjoy the surroundings.

Cavtat adriatic view

A view from the hotel venue of the Adriatic

It’s impressive to see the number of presented papers on smart grid, for example on microgrids or storage, of growing interest and key to the evolution of networks. DC microgrids (discussed in a keynote), integrate the DC generation from solar or wind, Electric Vehicles, together with other DC storage and DC loads (such as LED lighting – presented in one of the papers) and already a clear solution for increasing efficiency and lowering costs. Data centers have proven this right and other big consumers are following.  In fact, the devices to run a home on DC are already in the market, not only to do partial off-griding but to completely run on DC.

 

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