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Energies 2012, 5(11), 4824-4843; doi:10.3390/en5114824

Distributed Semantic Architecture for Smart Grids 

Deusto Institute of Technology, University of Deusto, Avenida de las Universidades 24, Vizcaya, 48007 Bilbao, Spain
Department of Computing Sciences, Umeå University, Umeå SE-901 87, Sweden
Electrical Engineering Department, Metropolitan Autonomous University, Delegacin Tlalpan, Mexico City 09340, Mexico
Indra Systems Inc., 35 Avenida De Bruselas, Alcobendas, Madrid 28108, Spain
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Received: 9 October 2012 / Revised: 1 November 2012 / Accepted: 14 November 2012 / Published: 20 November 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Grid and the Future Electrical Network)
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The smart grid revolution demands a huge effort in redesigning and enhancing current power networks, as well as integrating emerging scenarios such as distributed generation, renewable energies or the electric vehicle. This novel situation will cause a huge flood of data that can only be handled, processed and exploited in real-time with the help of cutting-edge ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). We present here a new architecture that, contrary to the previous centralised and static model, distributes the intelligence all over the grid by means of individual intelligent nodes controlling a number of electric assets. The nodes own a profile of the standard smart grid ontology stored in the knowledge base with the inferred information about their environment in RDF triples. Since the system does not have a central registry or a service directory, the connectivity emerges from the view of the world semantically encoded by each individual intelligent node (i.e., profile + inferred information). We have described a use-case both with and without real-time requirements to illustrate and validate this novel approach.
Keywords: smart grids; architecture; semantic; distributed control smart grids; architecture; semantic; distributed control
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Penya, Y.K.; Nieves, J.C.; Espinoza, A.; Borges, C.E.; Peña, A.; Ortega, M. Distributed Semantic Architecture for Smart Grids . Energies 2012, 5, 4824-4843.

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