Smart Grids from a Global Perspective

Bridging Old and New Energy Systems

  • Anne Beaulieu
  • Jaap de Wilde
  • Jacquelien M.A. Scherpen

Part of the Power Systems book series (POWSYS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. J. H. (Jaap) de Wilde, J. Anne Beaulieu, Jacquelien M. A. Scherpen
    Pages 1-8
  3. Approaches to Changing Energy Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Marco Aiello, Giuliano Andrea Pagani
      Pages 11-25
    3. G. P. J. Verbong, N. Verkade, B. Verhees, J. C. C. M. Huijben, J. I. Höffken
      Pages 27-42
    4. Ellen van der Werff, Goda Perlaviciute, Linda Steg
      Pages 43-62
  4. Control and Regulation of Smart Grids: Technical, Legal, Economic, and Social Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. D. Bao Nguyen, Desti Alkano, Jacquelien M. A. Scherpen
      Pages 95-111
    3. Machiel Mulder
      Pages 113-128
    4. Sebastian Trip, Claudio De Persis
      Pages 129-146
    5. Chris Develder, Matthias Strobbe, Klaas De Craemer, Geert Deconinck
      Pages 147-161
    6. Zofia Lukszo, Esther H. Park Lee
      Pages 163-177
    7. Jonida Milaj, Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici
      Pages 179-196
  5. Implementing Smart Grids: What Have We Learned?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Bas J.M. Van Vliet, Joeri Naus, Robin Smale, Gert Spaargaren
      Pages 217-233
    3. Petra de Boer, Nynke Verhaegh
      Pages 235-248
    4. Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard, Zheng Ma, Emil Holmegaard, Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen
      Pages 249-268
    5. Carina J. Wiekens
      Pages 269-283

About this book


This book presents a cross-disciplinary approach to smart grids, offering an invaluable basis for understanding their complexity and potential, and for discussing their technical, legal, economic, societal, psychological and security aspects.

Smart grids are a complex phenomenon involving new, active roles for consumers and prosumers, novel social, political and cultural practices, advanced ICT, new markets, security of supply issues, the informational turn in energy, valuation of assets and investments, technological innovation and (de)regulation. Furthermore, smart grids offer new interfaces, in turn creating hybrid fields: with the increasing use of electric vehicles and electric transportation, smart grids represent the crossroads of energy and mobility. While the aim is to achieve more sustainable production, transportation and use of energy, the importance of smart grids actually has less to do with electricity, heat or gas, and far more with transforming the infrastructure needed to deliver energy, as well as the roles of its owners, operators and users. The immediate goal is to contribute positively to a sustainable world society.

The chapters are revised and expanded texts based upon lectures delivered at the Groningen Energy Summer School 2014. Questions for further discussion at the end of each chapter highlight the key themes that emerge.

The book offers an indispensable resource for researchers, professionals and companies in the power supply industry, and for students seeking to broaden and deepen their understanding of smart grids. 


Energy Distribution Networks Energy Mobility Energy Prosumers Energy Transition and Smart Grids ICT & Smart Grids Innovation in Smart Grids Intelligent Energy Grids Privacy and Smart Grids Cyber Security Smart grid pilot projects System Integration and Energy

Editors and affiliations

  • Anne Beaulieu
    • 1
  • Jaap de Wilde
    • 2
  • Jacquelien M.A. Scherpen
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Math. and Natural SciencUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Dept. Int.Relations and SecurityUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.ENTEG, DTPAUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-28075-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-28077-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1612-1287
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-4676
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