The DOE Office of Electricity Smart Grid Communications R&D Roadmap meeting in Washington, D.C., on August 30-31, 2016, provides an opportunity for you and your organization to participate in the development of a roadmap intended to address gaps in research and development and current options that utilities have to solve their communications needs today.
Space is limited. Register prior to August 15: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
The smart grid is rapidly transitioning from networks with millions of sensors to networks with billions of sensors. This requires new thinking on network reliability, communications bandwidths, more efficient utilization of existing spectrum, and reactive architectures to ensure infrastructure resilience.
The Department of Energy‘s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) has a vision of a smart grid that uses digital technology to improve reliability, resiliency, flexibility and efficiency (both economic and energy) of the electric delivery system. In coordination with this overarching vision, OE has adopted a vision and mission specifically for communications research and development of the smart grid:
Vision: Standards based end-to-end IP communications, highly available, resilient, multiservice, integrating wired and wireless mediums with modern layered security built-in from the start, with a 15 year useful life. Built for specific utility applications and operating environments utilizing public and private infrastructure.
Mission: Ensure infrastructure resilience through greater network reliability, higher communications bandwidth and reactive architectures.
OE Smart Grid Communications R&D Roadmap: OE’s Smart Grid Communications R&D Roadmap outlines specific foci of innovation within six R&D areas across the spectrum of technology readiness levels (TRLs) and align to specific communications domains (home, neighborhood, field, and wide area networks).
Customer Premises Communications Reliability/Resiliency – development of smart communications network to maximize the effectiveness of electricity delivery while reducing cost to the supplier and consumer.
Spectrum Sharing – maximization of spectrum availability across all network consumers and applications, assuring integrity and reliability of communication data streams.
Networks for Control – development and integration of networks leading to a reliable and modern network architecture.
Peer-to-Peer Networks (WAN) for Distribution and Transmission Systems – development, demonstration, and establishment of secure communication flows among utility operations, energy markets, service providers, government, and regulatory entities to operate future energy markets.
Mixed Data-Link Layer Protocols – identification of methods for structuring data-link layers that enable distributed and centralized communication.
Interdependencies between Communication Priorities, Data, and Applications – development and demonstration of mechanisms that dynamically determine end-to-end quality of service and maximize communications throughput
These R&D areas capture the landscape of smart grid communications with DOE playing a significant role in leading targeted research that enables deployment and adoption but also takes into account the need for collaboration and actionable handoffs with other national research efforts, standards bodies, policy makers, and industry partners in order to address the nation’s smart grid communications challenges. Your participation will help shape these priorities to ensure they meet the needs of the utility industry in the coming years.
Smart Grid Communications R&D Priority Stakeholder Meeting
Dates: August 30-31, 2016
Location: Department of Energy Headquarters
1000 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20585
Deadline: August 15, 2016
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
For questions about the roadmap meeting, please click the Registration link above. For questions about Smart Grid Communications R&D, please contact Christopher Irwin, Program manager at the Office of Electricity. Click here to Email Christopher Irwin. ✉
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