power infrastructure Articles

  • Agents controlling the electric power infrastructure

    The electric power grid is evolving from a centrally controlled grid with only a handful of regulated monopolies to an open, liberalised electricity market. In addition, more and more small-scale dispersed generators are deployed in distribution nets. This puts extra stress on the power grid, in an era when electricity is one of the most important commodities for economic, industrial and everyday ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Knowledge management for a new nuclear power infrastructure

    The introduction of a nuclear power programme as a part of national energy strategy requires a complex consideration of many aspects of national infrastructure. Countries embarking on a new nuclear energy programme have the opportunity to establish effective knowledge management systems and processes from the outset, with the added benefit of readily available hard and software systems designed ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Public policy and the failure of national infrastructures

    On the 14 August 2003, a complex combination of immediate events and longer term vulnerabilities led to a domino effect in which 50 million people had their power supplies interrupted. Consequent losses were between $5–$10 billion. It is, therefore, one of the most serious disruptions to a national power distribution network. The causes included technical issues to do with network capacity ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Modelling interdependent infrastructures using interacting dynamical models

    We investigate the consequence of failures, occurring on the electrical grid, on a telecommunication network. We have focused on the Italian electrical transmission network and the backbone of the internet network for research (GARR). Electrical network has been simulated using the DC power flow method; data traffic on GARR by a model of the TCP/IP basic features. The status of GARR nodes has ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Need is real for risk assessments of energy infrastructure

    Damage to fixed and floating structures, pipelines, onshore terminals and refineries during the past few hurricane seasons has reinforced the need to develop accurate risk assessments not only to determine overall risks for particular operators but also to identify the components of that risk so that appropriate mitigations can be undertaken. Losses from hurricane damage are not limited to ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • Agent-based modelling of energy infrastructure transitions

    Shaping energy transitions not only requires technical system innovation and redesign but also new policies, regulations, Research and Development (R&D) and investment strategies – a transition assemblage. Transition management thus equates to designing and implementing such an assemblage. Agent-Based Models (ABMs) may be used for ex-ante assessment of transition assemblage alternatives. To help ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Canada’s Other Energy Boom – Energy infrastructure is on the move.

    When it comes to energy infrastructure, Canada is on the move. Of course, that may seem like nothing new, given Canada’s lengthy energy history, particularly in the oil and gas industries. In this latest chapter, however, electricity is playing a major role. A confluence of factors have helped spur the need for more generation, which in turn is driving still another form of energy ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • A socio-technical systems approach to understanding and enhancing the reliability of interdependent infrastructure systems

    Civil infrastructures are vital elements of a nation's economy and quality of life. They represent a massive capital investment, and, at the same time, are an economic engine of enormous power. Modern economies rely on the ability to move goods, people, and information safely and reliably. Consequently, it is of the utmost importance to government, business, and the public at-large that the flow ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Natural disasters and nuclear critical infrastructure negotiations: conflict resolution in Turkey

    Nuclear energy critical infrastructure conflicts have taken on an increased importance in the past decade, as the energy needs of humanity increase. Turkey, a country looking for new ways to meet an increasing energy demand, has sought to purchase nuclear plants. This paper investigates a controversial nuclear power plant that was proposed to be built at Akkuyu Bay on Turkey's Mediterranean coast ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The Future Cost of Wind Power

    Chapter 1 The economics of wind power Wind power is capital intensive with most of the investment required upfront. The largest capital cost component is the turbine itself which can account for between 40% and 80% of the total capital cost of an onshore wind installation. Costs offshore are higher because of the more expensive operating environment and the greater difficulty establishing ...


  • Developments in power supply for the Southern Africa Power Pool 2011

    The Southern African Region has been experiencing power shortages due to increased demand with static power supply as a result of limited investment in both generation and transmission infrastructure across the region. This paper discusses how the power utilities in the region plan to cope with the power challenges and the measures that are planned for the future. Keywords: power generation, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Structure-preserving dynamical model and distributed stabilisation of electricity infrastructures with renewable energy resources

    This paper introduces a module-based approach to modelling and controlling electricity infrastructure with a high penetration of distributed renewable energy resources. Each energy-converting component is defined as a module and is represented in terms of its local variables and the interaction variables between the module and the transmission network. The structure of the electricity ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Scalable diversity-oriented decisions and technologies for dependable SoPC-based safety-critical computer systems and infrastructures

    An approach to development and implementation of multi-version technologies (MVT) for creating dependable system-on-programmable chip (SoPC)-based systems and infrastructures is described. It is based on a set of scalable diversity-oriented decisions selected using the proposed MVT-graph. This technique is applied for development of nuclear power plants (NPP) instrumentation and control (I&C) ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Evils for giant power houses

    Giant Electricity Power Houses such as giant thermal power plants or giant nuclear power plants are established  either by governments by collecting tax from the people or by giant private companies by collecting huge money by way of shares of the company. In either cases, money comes from the people.   Giant  Electricity Power Houses give rise to giant ...


    By AADHUNIK GLOBAL ENERGY

  • Power Of Partnerships In Sports Greening

    Professional and collegiate sports teams, and their leagues, develop vital partnerships to green their venues, operations and supply chain, while engaging fans to adopt sustainable behaviors. An overarching theme of the 2016 Green Sports Alliance Summit, June 28-30 in Houston, Texas, is The Power of Partnerships. “Throughout the program speakers will share how unique partnerships are ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • High wire act: electricity transmission infrastructure and its impact on the renewable energy market

    Renewable energy (RE)—electricity from wind, solar, and other naturally renewing energy sources— has drawn increasing attention in the quest to reduce greenhouse gases on a scale commensurate with the dictates of climate science. Renewables have the potential to substitute for a significant proportion of the conventional fossil fuels prevalent in today’s electricity generation. ...

  • Safety and security of energy infrastructures in Europe: the EC–DG JRC's energy risks monitor project

    After mapping of current European Union (EU) regulations on the management of accidental risks related to natural hazards and different industrial activities, this paper discusses insights from past European Commission (EC) initiatives on harmonisation of assessment and management of safety risks. Next, for the specific case of the energy sector, the on-going development of a methodology and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Infrastructural and policy challenges with achieving fossil fuels free energy supply: the case of the City of Leeuwarden

    The city council of Leeuwarden has an ambitious goal - to make the city's overall energy supply fully independent from fossil fuels by the year 2020. All energy required by the city should be derived either from sun, wind, geothermal sources and/or locally produced 'green' gas. To achieve this goal the city has initiated the programme 'Slim with Water and Energy', focusing on four themes: energy ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Decentralised energy: powering a sustainable future

    With rising fuel prices putting households under pressure, Helen Andrews Tipper, Public Sector Energy Programmes Manager, explains how decentralised energy schemes provide an alternative solution How we generate and consume energy is perhaps the most significant threat to economic and social wellbeing that we face today. Already high energy prices are only predicted to keep rising. Our ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Spectral analysis of a real power network

    We present a spectral analysis of a significant part of the Italian bulk power system. Spectral analysis applied to graphs is not a new tool, but analyses of the real world, especially of technological networks, currently are lacking. We show the spectral pattern of a high voltage power network, calculate the ratio between the smallest and largest non–zero Laplacian eigenvalue to check its ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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