The Energy Internet

The Energy Internet

An Open Energy Platform to Transform Legacy Power Systems into Open Innovation and Global Economic Engines

1st Edition - October 26, 2018

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  • Editors: Wencong Su, Alex Huang
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081022078
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081022153

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The Energy Internet: An Open Energy Platform to Transform Legacy Power Systems into Open Innovation and Global Economic Engines is an innovative concept that changes the way people generate, distribute and consume electrical energy. With the potential to transform the infrastructure of the electric grid, the book challenges existing power systems, presenting innovative and pioneering theories and technologies that will challenge existing norms on generation and consumption. Researchers, academics, engineers, consultants and policymakers will gain a thorough understanding of the Energy Internet that includes a thorough dissemination of case studies from the USA, China, Japan, Germany and the U.K. The book's editors provide analysis of various enabling technologies and technical solutions, such as control theory, communication, and the social and economic aspects that are central to obtaining a clear appreciation of the potential of this complex infrastructure.

Key Features

  • Presents the first complete resource on the innovative concept of the Energy Internet
  • Provides a clear analysis of the architecture of the Energy Internet to ensure an understanding of the technologies behind generating, distributing and consuming electricity in this way
  • Includes a variety of global case studies of real-world implementation and pilot projects to thoroughly demonstrate the theoretical, technological and economic considerations


Academics, researchers, engineers, consultants, policy makers, market regulators and system operators in the fields of energy management, power systems, power plants and smart grid engineering

Table of Contents

  • 1 Centralized, decentralized, and distributed control for Energy Internet

    Hajir Pourbabak, Tao Chen and Wencong Su

    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 Energy management approaches in energy networks

    1.3 Characteristics of communication networks of Energy Internet network

    1.4 Conclusion and future research


    2 Solid state transformers, the Energy Router and the Energy Internet

    Alex Q. Huang

    2.1 The Energy Internet

    2.2 The Energy Router

    2.3 Medium voltage power electronics based distribution system

    2.4 Status of solid state transformer developments

    2.5 Smart grid functionalities of the solid state transformer

    2.6 Conclusions


    3 Energy Internet blockchain technology

    Yin Cao

    3.1 Overview

    3.2 The application of blockchain technology in energy scenarios

    3.3 Application case analysis of blockchain technology in the energy industry

    3.4 Challenges in the application of blockchain technology in the energy industry

    3.5 Conclusion


    4 Resilient community microgrids: governance and operational challenges

    Stephen Bird, Chelsea Hotaling, Amir Enayati and Thomas Ortmeyer

    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 Benefits, challenges, and advantages of multistakeholder microgrids

    4.3 Benefit of improving restoration rate in the initial recovery phase

    4.4 Potsdam case study

    4.5 Community benefits

    4.6 Critical issues

    4.7 Summary



    5 Electricity market reform

    Tao Chen, Hajir Pourbabak and Wencong Su

    5.1 Introduction

    5.2 Electricity market paradigms within energy internet

    5.3 Transactive energy as a platform for energy transactions

    5.4 Conclusion


    6 Medium-voltage DC power distribution technology

    Biao Zhao, Rong Zeng, Qiang Song, Zhanqing Yu and Lu Qu

    6.1 Development background

    6.2 Application advantages and scenarios

    6.3 System architecture technology

    6.4 Key equipment technology

    6.5 Control technology

    6.6 Protection technology

    6.7 Practical medium-voltage dc Energy Internet systems in China

    6.8 Summary


    7 Transactive energy in future smart homes

    Mohammadreza Daneshvar, Mahmoud Pesaran and Behnam Mohammadi-ivatloo

    7.1 Introduction

    7.2 Demand response

    7.3 Demand response programs

    7.4 Transactive energy

    7.5 Transactive energy definition

    7.6 What is the Gridwise Architecture Council?

    7.7 Transactive energy framework and attributes

    7.8 Transactive energy principles and purpose

    7.9 Transactive energy control and coordination

    7.10 Transactive energy challenges

    7.11 Transactive energy systems

    7.12 Transactive energy in home energy management systems

    7.13 Future work

    7.14 Conclusion


    8 Emerging data encryption methods applicable to Energy Internet

    Hajir Pourbabak, Tao Chen and Wencong Su

    8.1 Introduction

    8.2 Importance of digital signatures in the Energy Internet

    8.3 Secret key cryptography (symmetric key cryptography)

    8.4 Public key cryptography (asymmetric key cryptography)

    8.5 Quantum key distribution

    8.6 Application of quantum key distribution to the Energy Internet

    8.7 Comparison of different cryptography methodsdpros and cons

    8.8 Future trends and opportunities in cyber security


    9 Enabling technologies and technical solutions for the Energy Internet: lessons learned and case studies from Pecan Street Inc.

    Suzanne Russo, Scott Hinson and Bert Haskell

    9.1 Introduction

    9.2 Characteristic technologies of the energy internet

    9.3 A smarter grid: information and communication technology solutions

    9.4 Prosumers: enabling proactive energy consumers

    9.5 Recommendations for accelerating the shift toward clean energy

    9.6 Conclusion


    10 How the Brooklyn microgrid and exergy are paving the way to next-gen energy markets

    Lawrence Orsini, Scott Kessler, Julianna Wei and Heather Field

    10.1 Transactive energy

    10.2 Rise of the community microgrid

    10.3 The Brooklyn microgrid demonstration

    10.4 Next steps for exergy and Brooklyn microgrid


    11 Energy Internet: an open energy platform to transform legacy power systems into open innovation and global economic engine

    Rikiya ABE, Kenji Tanaka, and Nguyen Van Triet

    11.1 Overall concept of Digital Grid

    11.2 Benefits of digital grid

    11.3 Relief from power grid constraints

    11.4 Digital grid routers transaction of the tagged real power

    11.5 Machine-to-machine autonomous power market using blockchain

    11.6 Implementation in real world

    11.7 Suggested next step


    12 Energy Internet in China

    Guanwei Liu, Rong Zeng, Feng Gao and Lu Qu

    12.1 concept and characteristics

    12.2 key technologies

    12.3 representative demonstration projects


    13 Quantum Grid: A packet-based power approach

    Bernd Reifenhaeuser and Andreas Sumper

    13.1 Introduction

    13.2 Principle of quantized energy flow

    13.3 Architecture of the Quantum Grid

    13.4 Power Plane

    13.5 Routing and Control Plane

    13.6 Conclusions




    14 Smart rural grid pilot in Spain

    Francesc Girbau-Llistuella, Andreas Sumper, Ramon Gallart-Fernandez and Santi Martinez-Farrero

    14.1 Introduction

    14.2 Social impact of smart grid technologies in rural societies

    14.3 Smart grid technologies in rural distribution networks

    14.4 Smart rural grid project

    14.5 Conclusions


    15 Development of European Energy Internet and the role of Energy Union

    Xiao-Ping Zhang

    15.1 From start grid to Energy Internet: European perspectives

    15.2 Global power and Energy Internet: architecture

    15.3 Europe’s Energy Internet development and the role of Energy Union

    15.4 Energy Internet and Industry 4.0

    15.5 Concluding remarks

Product details

  • No. of pages: 398
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2018
  • Published: October 26, 2018
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081022078
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081022153

About the Editors

Wencong Su

Dr. Wencong Su received his B.S. degree (with distinction) from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, USA, in May 2008, his M.S. degree from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA, in December 2009, and his Ph.D. degree from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA, in August 2013, respectively, all in electrical engineering. Dr. Su has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn since September 2013. He previously worked as a Research Aide at Argonne National Laboratory in IL, USA, from January to August 2012. He also worked as a R&D engineer intern at ABB U.S. Corporate Research Center in NC, USA, from May to August 2009. His current research interests include power and energy systems, energy internet, electrified transportation systems, and cyber-physical systems. Dr. Su has published more than 80 papers in journals and conference proceedings. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Michigan.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA

Alex Huang

Dr. Alex Huang is the Dula D. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UT Austin. Dr. Huang received the bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Zhejiang University, China in 1983 and his M.S. degree from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 1986. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of Cambridge, UK in 1992. Prior to joining UT Austin, Dr. Huang has been a faculty member at Virginia Tech (1994-2004) and NC State University (2004-2017). At NC State, Dr. Huang has established a number of internationally renowned public-private partnerships such as the NSF FREEDM ERC in 2008, NCSU's Advanced Transportation Energy Center (ATEC) in 2008 and the DOE PowerAmerica Institute in 2014. Dr. Huang is a world-renowned expert of power semiconductor devices, power electronics, smart grid and renewable energy system. He has published more than 550 papers in journals and conferences and is the inventor of more than 20 US patents including several patents on the Emitter turn-off (ETO) thyristor technology that received a prestigious R&D 100 award in 2003. Dr. Huang is also widely credited for his contribution in developing the Energy Internet concept and the Solid State Transformer (SST) based Energy Router technology. His work on the SST has been named by MIT Technology Review as one of the world’s 10 most important emerging technologies in 2011. He has graduated more than 80 Ph.D. students and master students. Dr. Huang is a fellow of IEEE and the general chair of IEEE ECCE Conference in 2012. He is also a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Huang is the recipient of 2019 IEEE IAS Gerald Kliman Innovator Award.

Affiliations and Expertise

Dula D. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin, USA

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  • anyla Thu Jun 23 2022

    Strongly recommended!

    This is a great book with many insights for everyone interested in the field of p2p shared energy concepts, smart-grids, blockchain technology, etc.