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Smart grids are electrical grids with detailed monitoring of energy flows and autonomous decentralized energy balancing between power supply and demand through the introduction of distributed generation. To date, several countries have started deploying smart metering as a basis to set up smart electrical grids. Most system setups are concerned on data collection to optimize the performance of the present resources.

There are various benefits associated with a smarter electrical network. The consumer shall be able to gain important knowledge on the domestic energy consumption and, regulate the energy usage hence participating in increasing energy efficiency. The supplier shall benefit from such a system in various areas: such as electricity theft, peak load shaving, maintenance planning and overall energy efficiency. However, the operation of the smart grid is not limited only to smart metering but it includes a variety of system components including distributed power generation such as renewable energy sources (RES), smart distribution networks and protection and smart appliances. 

Research topics of the department of IEPC related to this field are focused on different aspects of Smart Grids. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Large Scale Integration of RES, Energy storage and Electric Vehicles
  • Home energy management
  • Power line communications
  • Smart grid economics (scheduling, demand side management (DSM), market pricing, optimal planning, ...)
  • Power Quality
  • Controllable Loads 

IEPC Microgrids Research on 'Engineering Today'
An article on Microgrid research by the Dept. of IEPC at the University of Malta was featured in issue 56 (April 2017) of 'Engineering Today', the Chamber of Engineers' quarterly magazine. 
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Last Updated: 27 March 2017

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