The impact of smart grid technology on dielectrics and electrical insulation

Catterson, V. M. and Castellon, J. and Pilgrim, J. A. and Saha, T. K. and Ma, H. and Vakilian, M. and Moradnouri, A. and Gholami, M. and Sparling, B. D. (2015) The impact of smart grid technology on dielectrics and electrical insulation. IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, 22 (6). pp. 3505-3512. ISSN 1070-9878 (

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Delivery of the Smart Grid is a topic of considerable interest within the power industry in general, and the IEEE specifically. This paper presents the smart grid landscape as seen by the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS) Technical Committee on Smart Grids. We define the various facets of smart grid technology, and present an examination of the impacts on dielectrics within power assets. Based on the trajectory of current research in the field, we identify the implications for asset owners and operators at both the device level and the systems level. The paper concludes by identifying areas of dielectrics and insulation research required to fully realize the smart grid concept. The work of the DEIS is fundamental to achieving the goals of a more active, self-managing grid.