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Emerging Smart Microgrid Power Systems: Philosophical Reflections

  • Antonio Carlos Zambroni de SouzaEmail author
  • Benedito Donizeti Bonatto
  • Paulo F. Ribeiro
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Abstract

Researchers and engineers working with power systems studies face nowadays challenges that may change the way customers and utilities interact. These demands occur in part because the advent of smart grids and microgrids enables one to consider the possibility of a customer playing as a provider, depending on the system condition. As a consequence, the concept of “prosumers” arises, which happens when an entity may become, depending on the operating state, a generator or a source. This scenario brings new concerns since the operating and learning processes must be adapted to this new reality. At the same time, ethical aspects also need to be addressed. This chapter presents the operation of power systems of the future from a holistic point of view. For this sake, besides placing some theoretical concepts regarding basic philosophy, an example of ethical reflections of this new hopefully smart market is discussed.

Keywords

Philosophy Technology Microgrids Smart grids Smart market 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Carlos Zambroni de Souza
    • 1
    Email author
  • Benedito Donizeti Bonatto
    • 1
  • Paulo F. Ribeiro
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Electrical Systems and Energy, Federal University of ItajubáItajubáBrazil

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