IEEE starts work on smart grid guidelines -

The IEEE has said that it will begin to write guidelines for large-scale electricity storage, which is focused on hybrid systems that use multiple technologies. The work, which is expected to start this year, is part of a wider initiative to define standards for electric smart grids.

The guidelines, named 2030.2 carry on from the work the organisation has been doing and are targeted at utility storage systems for transmission and distribution networks. They will cover technologies including batteries and super capacitors as well as flywheels and compressed air storage.

"Energy storage is a top-level priority for the Smart Grid, given increasing energy demand and the value storage adds to the functioning of the electric grid and to renewable electric power resources," said Mark Siira, IEEE P2030.2 WG Chair, manager, Applied Technology, Kohler Company.

"With the coming growth and expansion in energy storage technologies and applications, the work of the P2030.2 WG to establish an effective strategy for integration into the Smart Grid will be critical."

According to Siira, the P2030.2 WG will also help those in the industry understand energy storage systems by defining technical characteristics. It will also illustrate how discrete and hybrid systems may be successfully integrated with and used compatibly as part of the electric power infrastructure.

The 2030.2 group expects to have its first formal meeting in November. It aims to gather around 15-30 members and complete its work within about two years.

Previously the group also worked on 2030.1 drafting guidelines for integrating electric cars into the smart grid. Other areas under discussion include drafting guidelines for how to manage load power, demand-side power and building energy use.