Paper I am working on: The role of the Internet in future energy networks: Decentralization of Energy networks and insights for Smart Grids from Peer to Peer and Ubiquitous computing

Over Easter, I have been working on a paper as below. if you are working in related areas, happy to speak. I am specifically interested more in the last bit i.e. Finally, the Internet itself is evolving and hence we discuss the evolution of the Internet and the topic of Overlay networks. We are interested in exploring the scenario of a future energy network as an overlay network to the Internet when entities (devices and people) begin to communicate at and to trade energy without human intervention.

The paper – The role of the Internet in future energy networks: Decentralization of Energy networks and insights for Smart Grids from Peer to Peer and Ubiquitous computing discusses the impact of the Internet on the Smart Grid domain. We first provide an overview of current state of the Intelligent energy networks (Smart Grids) and then discuss the impact of the Internet on Smart Grids. The Internet has a tendency to push intelligence to the edge of the network (i.e. to decentralize functionality). Hence, in studying the interplay between the Internet and the Smart Grid, we focus on the decentralized model of the Smart Grid.

Specifically, we study the decentralized generation and trading of energy in peer to peer mode and connected devices in a Home area network (The home area network is at the edge of the Smart Grid).

The paper takes a survey paper based approach and tries to identify research/papers in other related domains that could apply to this problem. We draw upon the previous research in the form of a survey of past papers covering concepts such as Ubiquitous computing (RFID, Mobile networks, Sensor networks, Context aware systems, Pervasive Sensor Networks, Mobile Ad-Hoc networks etc); Overlay networks, Privacy; Trust; Reputation; Social Networking; Web 2.0; Peer to Peer computing and others.

Finally, the Internet itself is evolving and hence we discuss the evolution of the Internet and the topic of Overlay networks. We are interested in exploring the scenario of a future energy network as an overlay network to the Internet when entities (devices and people) begin to communicate at and to trade energy without human intervention.