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From Smart Grids to Smart Cities

New Challenges in Optimizing Energy Grids

Edited by Massimo La Scala, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

ISBN: 9781848217492

Publication Date: January 2017   Hardback   360 pp.

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In recent years, a new regulatory framework and advanced technologies have changed the way energy grids are operated. Now, more than ever, a more efficient operation of distribution grids is needed to confront the new challenges faced by modern society and its infrastructures.
In this book, some concepts and methodologies developed in a pluri-technological sector, such as power systems, are shown to be effective in other realms. Different energy infrastructures share the same needs for more automation, optimization in operations, tools for planning and integration between multiple energy carriers to achieve better performances and efficiency.
This book, starting from the Smart Grids experience, introduces the concept of Smart Cities, as we know it today, and goes on to discuss current technological networks and energy distribution grids.
The authors focus on tangible grids, due to their physical durability, and emphasize the need for effective technologies, integration of multiple energy-carriers and incisive policies to foster the transformation of current business models.


1. Unbalanced Three-Phase Optimal Power Flow for the Optimization of MV andLV Distribution Grids by Sergio Bruno and Massimo La Scala
2. Mixed Integer Linear Programming Models for Network Reconfiguration and Resource Optimization in Power Distribution Networks by Alberto Borghetti
3. The Role of Nature-inspired Metaheuristic Algorithms for Optimal Voltage Regulation in Urban Smart Grids by Giovanni Acampora, Davide Caruso, Alfredo Vaccaro, Autilia Vitiello and Ahmed F. Zobaa
4. Urban Energy Hubs and Microgrids: Smart Energy Planning for Cities by Eleonora RIVA Sanseverino, Vincenzo Domenico Genco, Gianluca Scaccianoce, Valentina Vaccaro, Raffaella Riva Sanseverino, Gaetano Zizzo, Maria Luisa Di Silvestre, Diego Arnone and Giuseppe Paternò
5. Optimization of Multi-energy Carrier Systems in Urban Areas by Sergio Bruno, Silvia Lamonaca and Massimo La Scala
6. Optimal Gas Flow Algorithm for Natural Gas Distribution Systems in Urban Environment by Ugo Stecchi, Gaetano Abbatantuono and Massimo La Scala
7. Multicarrier Energy System Optimal Power Flow by Soheil Derafshi Beigvand, Hamdi Abdi and Massimo La Scala

About the Authors

Massimo La Scala is Full Professor of Electrical Energy Systems at Politecnico di Bari in Italy and IEEE Fellow. He has been the Principal Investigator of numerous research projects in smart grids and smart cities and scientific consultant for the Italian Ministry of the Economic Development and AEEGSI, the Italian Regulatory Authority of Electricity, Gas and Water. He is the director of the “Laboratory for the development of renewables and energy efficiency: Lab ZERO” at Politecnico di Bari.


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