A Survey on Energy Internet Communications for Sustainability

Kun Wang, Xiaoxuan Hu, Huining Li, Peng Li, Deze Zeng, Song Guo

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7932928
Pages (from-to)231-254
Number of pages24
JournalIEEE Transactions on Sustainable Computing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017


  • communications
  • Energy internet
  • security
  • smart grid
  • survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Control and Optimization


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