Smart grid evolution and mobile communications - Scenarios on the Finnish power grid

Seppo Borenius*, Heikki Hämmäinen, Matti Lehtonen, Petri Ahokangas

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the evolution of the Finnish power grid until 2035 and the role of mobile communications networks in this evolution. It outlines alternative futures (i.e. scenarios) and identifies the role of mobile communications networks in these scenarios. The paper uses an established scenario planning process and a group of experts to determine three scenarios for the evolution of services offered to customers in a future electricity system and four scenarios describing the evolution of grid management. Finally, the role of mobile communications (cellular networks) is analyzed in each of the scenarios. Results show that mobile networks can serve as a key enabler in those scenarios where smart grid evolution would be the most transformative.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107367
Number of pages13
JournalElectric Power Systems Research
Volume199
Early online dateMay 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - May 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • 3GPP
  • Anticipatory action learning
  • Cellular networks
  • Communications
  • Mobile networks
  • Scenario planning
  • Smart grid

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