Link to the University of Pittsburgh Homepage
Link to the University Library System Homepage Link to the Contact Us Form

A survey on smart grid communication infrastructures: Motivations, requirements and challenges

Yan, Y and Qian, Y and Sharif, H and Tipper, D (2013) A survey on smart grid communication infrastructures: Motivations, requirements and challenges. IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, 15 (1). 5 - 20.

Available under License : See the attached license file.

Download (2MB) | Preview
[img] Plain Text (licence)
Available under License : See the attached license file.

Download (1kB)


A communication infrastructure is an essential part to the success of the emerging smart grid. A scalable and pervasive communication infrastructure is crucial in both construction and operation of a smart grid. In this paper, we present the background and motivation of communication infrastructures in smart grid systems. We also summarize major requirements that smart grid communications must meet. From the experience of several industrial trials on smart grid with communication infrastructures, we expect that the traditional carbon fuel based power plants can cooperate with emerging distributed renewable energy such as wind, solar, etc, to reduce the carbon fuel consumption and consequent green house gas such as carbon dioxide emission. The consumers can minimize their expense on energy by adjusting their intelligent home appliance operations to avoid the peak hours and utilize the renewable energy instead. We further explore the challenges for a communication infrastructure as the part of a complex smart grid system. Since a smart grid system might have over millions of consumers and devices, the demand of its reliability and security is extremely critical. Through a communication infrastructure, a smart grid can improve power reliability and quality to eliminate electricity blackout. Security is a challenging issue since the on-going smart grid systems facing increasing vulnerabilities as more and more automation, remote monitoring/controlling and supervision entities are interconnected. © 1998-2012 IEEE.


Social Networking:
Share |


Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Yan, Y
Qian, Y
Sharif, H
Tipper, Ddtipper@pitt.eduDTIPPER0000-0002-9429-6425
Date: 1 January 2013
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials
Volume: 15
Number: 1
Page Range: 5 - 20
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1109/surv.2012.021312.00034
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Telecommunications
Refereed: Yes
Article Type: Review
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2012 13:51
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2019 14:55


Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item