What are Smart Grids?
Smart Grids are public electrical grids with added functions resulting from new information and communications technologies (NICT). The aim is to achieve a permanent balance between electricity supply and demand, while ensuring that consumers receive a sure, sustainable and competitive supply.
To become smart, electrical grids must be instrumented to enable them to communicate. The challenge of Smart Grids lies mainly in the existing distribution systems.
With tomorrow’s electrical grids, all users should know how to manage their energy consumption in real time, thanks to data sent and collected. And this will be the main task.
Growing use of renewable energies requires responsible management by all players, made even more complex by decentralized production that needs to be adequately carried to satisfy demand.
In addition to the technical and technological problems, solutions are needed to watch and analyse consumption and to educate users.
At the heart of smart grids, the data of every energy system player must be combined, to reduce energy bills through better control over consumption.
This is the context in which Li-Fi becomes a key vector in energy efficiency.
While promises of an energy-wise city boasting efficient waste management and interacting with its users are increasingly concrete, coherent solutions must first be rolled out. The complexity lies in the numerous trades involved.
SLA therefore offers support for project implementation, providing expertise, a segmented vision of each field, and accessible means of uniting and guiding them with a special focus on Li-Fi technology and open software deployment to foster development of communicating systems.