Survey of smart grid concepts and technological demonstrations worldwide emphasizing on the Oman perspective

Abdullah Hamed Al-Badi, Razzaqul Ahshan, Nasser Hosseinzadeh, Reza Ghorbani, Eklas Hossain*

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The Smart Grid (SG) is considered as an imminent future power network because of its fault identification and self-healing capabilities. Energy sustainability, renewable energy integration and an efficient control system are the key factors to be considered in developing SG system. Among various SG concepts, the term virtual power plant (VPP) integrates renewable energy to the grid and provides higher operational flexibility, but it requires extra capital costs for control system and software. The operational activities of a smart grid largely depend on the active customer demands. This paper defines and discusses various SG system concepts such as virtual power plant, and active demand in consumer networks, and also presents drivers and roadmaps for development of smart grids worldwide. Furthermore, this work provides an insight into present research and development on smart grids around the world, and sheds light on developing and establishing SG for the Sultanate of Oman.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalApplied System Innovation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020


  • Drivers and roadmaps
  • Efficient power system
  • Energy sustainability
  • Smart grid
  • Smart grid in Oman

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Information Systems


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