Regular Article

The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 214, Issue 1, pp 547-569

First online:

The emerging energy web

  • M. Ajmone-MarsanAffiliated withDepartment of Electronic Network and Telecommunication, Politecnico di TorinoIMDEA Network Institute Email author 
  • , D. ArrowsmithAffiliated withQueen Mary University of London Email author 
  • , W. BreymannAffiliated withZurich University of Applied Sciences Email author 
  • , O. FritzAffiliated withCorporate Research, ABB Switzerland Ltd Email author 
  • , M. MaseraAffiliated withJRC Petten Email author 
  • , A. MengoliniAffiliated withJRC Petten Email author 
  • , A. CarboneAffiliated withDepartment of Applied Science and Technology Politecnico di TorinoETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Email author 

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There is a general need of elaborating energy-effective solutions for managing our increasingly dense interconnected world. The problem should be tackled in multiple dimensions -technology, society, economics, law, regulations, and politics- at different temporal and spatial scales. Holistic approaches will enable technological solutions to be supported by socio-economic motivations, adequate incentive regulation to foster investment in green infrastructures coherently integrated with adequate energy provisioning schemes. In this article, an attempt is made to describe such multidisciplinary challenges with a coherent set of solutions to be identified to significantly impact the way our interconnected energy world is designed and operated.

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