Visible to the public The Plug-and-Play Electricity Era: Interoperability to Integrate Anything, Anywhere, Anytime

TitleThe Plug-and-Play Electricity Era: Interoperability to Integrate Anything, Anywhere, Anytime
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsWidergren, Steve, Melton, Ron, Khandekar, Aditya, Nordman, Bruce, Knight, Mark
JournalIEEE Power and Energy Magazine
Date Publishedsep
Keywordsarchitectural concepts, architectural impacts, associated sensing, attaching wires, Communication equipment, communication technology, composability, computer-based automation systems, coordinated operations, Ecosystems, electric power devices, electric power engineering, electric system components, Electricity supply industry, Energy management, environmental factors, inforrmation age, integrated operational challenges, interoperability, Interoperation, open systems, organisational aspects, organizational structures, plug-and-play electricity era, power apparatus, power engineering computing, power grids, power system equipment, power system reliability, pubcrawl, security, successful electric power system component connection
AbstractThe inforrmation age continues to transform the mechanics of integrating electric power devices and systems, from coordinated operations based purely on the physics of electric power engineering to an increasing blend of power with information and communication technology. Integrating electric system components is not just about attaching wires. It requires the connection of computer-based automation systems to associated sensing and communication equipment. The architectural impacts are significant. Well-considered and commonly held concepts, principles, and organizational structures continue to emerge to address the complexity of the integrated operational challenges that drive our society to expect more flexibility in configuring the electric power system, while simultaneously achieving greater efficiency, reliability, and resilience. Architectural concepts, such as modularity and composability, contribute to the creation of structures that enable the connection of power system equipment characterized by clearly defined interfaces consisting of physical and cyberlinks. The result of successful electric power system component connection is interoperation: the discipline that drives integration to be simple and reliable.
Citation Keywidergren_plug-and-play_2019