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6 - Electric Power Grid Resilience

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 January 2024

Alexis Kwasinski
University of Pittsburgh
Andres Kwasinski
Rochester Institute of Technology, New York
Vaidyanathan Krishnamurthy
University of Pittsburgh
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This chapter is dedicated to examining strategies and technologies for improving power grids’ resilience. The first part of this chapter focuses on traditional power grids by presenting technologies and management approaches for improved resilience at the power generation, transmission, and distribution levels and by discussing strategies for enhanced withstanding capability or reduced restoration speed. The second part of this chapter explores the effect that the evolution of power grids into “smart” grids may likely have in the future. Advanced technologies that have already been implemented at all levels of power grids are discussed. Alternative power distribution approaches implemented at the load level, such as microgrids, able to significantly improve resilience with respect to traditional power grids, are also described in this chapter.

Resilience Engineering for Power and Communications Systems
Networked Infrastructure in Extreme Events
, pp. 276 - 380
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2024

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