A Smart Grid Information System for Demand Side Participation: Remote Control of Domestic Appliances to Balance Demand

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Due to the intermittent nature of renewable generation it is desirable to consider the potential of controlling the demand-side load to smooth overall system demand. The architecture and control methodologies of such a system on a large scale would require careful consideration. Some of these considerations are discussed in this paper; such as communications infrastructure, systems architecture, control methodologies and security. A domestic fridge is used in this paper as an example of a controllable appliance. A layered approach to smart-grid is introduced and it can be observed how each smart-grid component from physical cables, to the end-devices (or smart-applications) can be mapped to these set layers. It is clear how security plays an integral part in each component of the smart-grid so this is also an integral part of each layer. The controllable fridge is described in detail and as one potential smart-grid application which maps to the layered approach. A demonstration system is presented which involves a Raspberry Pi (a low-power, low-cost device representing the appliance controller).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 48th International Universities' Power Engineering Conference (UPEC)
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event48th International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC) - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 02 Sep 201305 Sep 2013


Conference48th International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC)


  • Balancing Demand
  • Demand-Side Participation (DSP)
  • Domestic Load
  • Controlling Appliances
  • Smart Grid

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