Energy Internet (EI) is proposed as the evolution of smart grid, aiming to integrate various forms of energy into a highly flexible and efficient grid that provides energy packing and routing functions, similar to the Internet. As an essential part in EI system, a scalable and interoperable communication infrastructure is critical in system construction and operation. In this article, we survey the recent research efforts on EI communications. The motivation and key concepts of EI are first introduced, followed by the key technologies and standardizations enabling the EI communications as well as security issues. Open challenges in system complexity, efficiency, reliability are explored and recent achievements in these research topics are summarized as well.
- Energy internet
- smart grid
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computational Theory and Mathematics
- Hardware and Architecture
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Control and Optimization