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The World's First Testing Facility, Computational Intelligence for Security, and New Methods to Manage Data and Energy Featured in the April IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter
[April 19, 2012]

The World's First Testing Facility, Computational Intelligence for Security, and New Methods to Manage Data and Energy Featured in the April IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter

PISCATAWAY, N.J. --(Business Wire)--

IEEE (News - Alert), the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today published the April edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter. The April issue features the latest research to help support Smart Grid development including a profile of the world's first laboratory to enable Smart Grid equipment to be tested on a plug-and-play basis at megawatt levels. Other topics covered in this issue include ground-breaking ways to look at monitoring and managing energy and data flow as well as new methods to ensure security. The current issue is available online at the IEEE Smart Grid Web Portal:

"While innumerable contributions to Smart Grid begin as theory, the real value is in the ability to validate, test, deploy, and scale-up the equipment and in real-world innovative applications," said Massoud Amin, chair of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter. "The April issue of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter informs readers on many levels about Smart Grid, from development of new uses for models or systems, to practical explanations of recommendations for security, to news of a world-leading laboratory that will help bring confidence to the market for deployment of new technologies."

Professionals from governments, academia and industry worldwide contributed their expertise to the April IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter. Their disciplines include Smart Grid circuit design, self-configuring architectures, facilitating design and use of complex sensor-based systems by non-engineers, systems and industrial engineering, computational intelligence, and more.

Benjamin Kroposki and Jim Reilly introduced the first laboratory in the world that tests Smart Grid equipment on a plug-and-play basis at megawatt levels. The new National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) facility will serve as a neutral testing location for simulations and other tests that will offer proof of compatibility, robustness, and other factors, offering assurance to the market andspeeding adoption of new technologies. Benjamin Kroposki is an IEEE member and director of energy systems integration at NREL. Jim Reilly, a member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society, consults on projects related to the integration of renewable energy into the distribution system, microgrids, and related standards.

Janet Roveda, Susan Lysecky and Young-Jun Son co-authored the article on the development of models and frameworks to monitor and manage Smart Grid information and energy flows in households and at grid level. Janet Roveda is an IEEE Senior Member and professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Arizona. Susan Lysecky is a member of IEEE and an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona, where she coordinates research efforts for the Ubiquitous and Embedded Computing Laboratory. Young-Jun Son is a member of IEEE and professor of systems and industrial engineering, and director of the Advanced Integration of Manufacturing Systems and Technologies Program at the University of Arizona.

Shakkat Ali profiles Computational Intelligence (CI) algorithms that have the potential to identify and mitigate unknown threats in Smart Grid, in his article. Together with off-the-shelf network security solutions, CI can be leveraged to develop a robust, dynamic, and real-time security system for Smart Grid. Shakkat Ali, an IEEE Senior Member, is with the School of Information and Communication Technology, CQ University, Australia. He leads a research group on computational intelligence and is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Sciences and Engineering.

Sioe T. Mak calls for investigations into the potential impact subsequent applications can have on present installations of smart meters as part of his article. He urges investigation into the near and long-term impacts of broad adoption of electric vehicles, rooftop hybrid wind-photovoltaic systems, and other emerging applications. Sioe Mak, an IEEE Life Fellow, is an associate consultant with ESTA International, LLC.

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The IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter promotes greater understanding of critical issues and challenges that impact efforts to move Smart Grid from conception to reality, including power generation, transmission and distribution, storage, technological advancement, renewables, infrastructure investment, funding, R&D, standards, security and communications.

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