PublicationJournal Article Middleware architectures for the Smart Grid: a survey on the State-​​of-​​the-​​Art, taxonomy and main open issues

June 13, 2018
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The inte­gra­tion of small-​​scale Renew­able Energy Sources in the Smart Grid depends on sev­eral chal­lenges that must be over­come. One of them is the pres­ence of devices with very dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics present in the grid or how they can inter­act among them in terms of inter­op­er­abil­ity and data shar­ing. While this issue is usu­ally solved by imple­ment­ing a mid­dle­ware layer among the avail­able pieces of equip­ment in order to hide any hard­ware het­ero­gene­ity and offer the appli­ca­tion layer a col­lec­tion of homoge­nous resources to access lower lev­els, the vari­ety and dif­fer­ences among them make the def­i­n­i­tion of what is needed in each par­tic­u­lar case chal­leng­ing. This man­u­script offers a descrip­tion of the most promi­nent mid­dle­ware archi­tec­tures for the Smart Grid and assesses the func­tion­al­i­ties they have, con­sid­er­ing the per­for­mance and fea­tures expected from them in the con­text of this appli­ca­tion domain.

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