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J. Haapola et al., "Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading and Grid Control Communications Solutions’ Feasibility Assessment Based on Key Performance Indicators," 2018 IEEE 87th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC Spring), Porto, 2018, pp. 1-5. doi: 10.1109/VTCSpring.2018.8417871

Peer-to-peer energy trading and grid control communications solutions’ feasibility assessment based on key performance indicators

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Author: Haapola, Jussi1; Ali, Samad1; Kalalas, Charalampos2;
Organizations: 1Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu
2Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya, Spain
3Inycom, Spain
4ESAT-ELECTA, KU Leuven, Belgium
5Cardiff University, United Kingdom
6Endesa S.A., Spain
7Regenera Levante, Murcia, Spain
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2018
Publish Date: 2018-06-29


Selection of the most appropriate communications technology for a smart grid (SG) application is far from trivial. We propose such a feasibility assessment starting from identification of key performance indicators (KPIs) required for peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading and grid control operations from a communications perspective. A set of cross-disciplinary KPIs, both quantitative and qualitative, are considered from communications, power, business, actor involvement, financial, and demand side management categories. They serve as a general baseline for use cases, as there have been few previous works attempting to capture the essential features of P2P SG operations. The KPIs are briefly identified along with their relations to P2P energy trading and grid control. A straightforward comparison of the quantitative and qualitative KPIs’ impact on technology selection is not feasible. This paper addresses the comparison with: 1) a prioritization of the KPIs using the analytic hierarchy process; 2) a comparison of technology solutions evaluated in our previous works against the KPIs’ requirements; and 3) a total feasibility evaluation of the solutions against selected KPIs. The prioritization shows latency, reliability, security, scalability, robustness, costs of information and communication technologies (ICT) devices, and costs of ICT deployment are the most important KPIs in enabling P2P energy trading and grid control. Further, the technology feasibility assessment enables identification of the most suitable candidates for an SG application.

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Series: IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
ISSN: 1550-2252
ISSN-E: 2577-2465
ISSN-L: 1550-2252
ISBN: 978-1-5386-6355-4
ISBN Print: 978-1-5386-6354-7
Pages: 1 - 5
DOI: 10.1109/VTCSpring.2018.8417871
Host publication: 2018 IEEE 87th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC Spring) : Proceedings, Porto, Portugal 3–6 June 2018
Conference: IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
218 Environmental engineering
212 Civil and construction engineering
Funding: This paper describes work undertaken in the context of the P2P-SMARTEST project, Peer to Peer Smart Energy Distribution Networks (, an Innovation Action funded by the H2020 Programme, contract number 646469, reported in [5], [18], and Deliverable D3.4.
EU Grant Number: (646469) P2P-SmarTest - Peer to Peer Smart Energy Distribution Networks (P2P-SmartTest)
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