Computational intelligence: The key to making smart grids really smart
By Shawkat Ali
Around the world, in developed as well as developing countries, utilities are embracing smart grid technologies to improve the grid’s efficiency and incorporate renewable energy resources into the grid. The strategy is both practical and laudable because it will create the means to meet society’s future electricity demands in a way that also minimizes carbon emissions and reduces electricity’s environmental impacts. The recognition of the pivotal role of smart grids, along with many regional and national policies acknowledging its importance and often mandating its adoption, are inspiring others to move into the new smart grid era. The smart grid is inevitable now. We should all join in to help it advance and succeed.
Computational intelligence (CI) is one of the techniques utilities will use to make sure their smart grids are as intelligent as possible and delivering tangible, worthwhile benefits to utilities, users and the environment. A comparatively new era in computing, CI is already at the heart of many types of “smart” technologies and services in a variety of industries. In particular, CI enables us to interpret big data and create knowledge from it to make decisions in real-time for critical business functions. The purpose of this article is to discuss some of the exciting ways in which CI is being applied in smart grids.