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A distributed automation architecture for distribution networks, from design to implementation

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-13
JournalSustainable Energy, Grids and Networks
Early online date27 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


With the current increase of distributed generation in distribution networks, line congestions and PQ issues are expected to increase. The smart grid may effectively coordinate DER, only when supported by a comprehensive architecture for automation. In IDE4L project such architecture is designed based on monitoring, control and business use cases. The IDE4L instance of SGAM architecture is derived and explained in details. The automation actor are specified in terms of interfaces, database and functions. The division in these three layers boosted the implementation phase as dedicated interfaces, databases or application has been developed in a modular way and can be installed in different HW/SW. Some implementation instances are presented and the main output of the architecture is discussed with regards to some indexes as communication traffic and level of distribution of automation functions.