Frontiers in Energy

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 484–492 | Cite as

Energy internet in the Yangtze River Delta: opportunities, challenges, and suggestions

  • Zheng Yan
  • Jiayi Hu
Review Article


Energy internet is an Internet of Things (IoT) based network, which combines the multi-energy flows and the information flows. In this review, the opportunities and the challenges posed to developing energy internet in the Yangtze River Delta are analyzed concerning detailed analysis of its advantages in various aspects and problems of its energy systems. Then the framework of energy internet in the Yangtze River Delta is constructed, according to which specific suggestions are also provided. This review is dedicated to helping the policy makers to draw the roadmap of future-oriented energy internet.


energy internet opportunities challenges suggestions the Yangtze River Delta 


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This work was supported by the National Key Research and Development of China (No. 2018YFB0905000).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina

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