The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 214, Issue 1, pp 547–569

The emerging energy web

Regular Article

DOI: 10.1140/epjst/e2012-01705-1

Cite this article as:
Ajmone-Marsan, M., Arrowsmith, D., Breymann, W. et al. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. (2012) 214: 547. doi:10.1140/epjst/e2012-01705-1


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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electronic Network and TelecommunicationPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly
  2. 2.IMDEA Network InstituteMadridSpain
  3. 3.Queen Mary University of LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.Zurich University of Applied SciencesZurichSwitzerland
  5. 5.Corporate ResearchABB Switzerland LtdBaden-DättwilSwitzerland
  6. 6.JRC PettenPettenThe Netherlands
  7. 7.Department of Applied Science and Technology Politecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly
  8. 8.ETH Swiss Federal Institute of TechnologyZurichSwitzerland

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