Energy internet: concept, structure and its potential future development in China

Author(s): Tianhao Liu a, Dongdong Zhang b*, Thomas Wub
a The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, 999077, China
b Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an,710049,China
International Journal of Smart Grid and Clean Energy, vol. 9, no. 6, November 2020: pp.1019-1026
ISSN: 2315-4462 (Print)
ISSN: 2373-3594 (Online)
Digital Object Identifier: 10.12720/sgce.9.6.1019-1026

Abstract: Traditionally, different energy systems are planned and scheduled individually. However, at present, with the pressure of energy crisis and the development of novel energy conversion technologies, such as natural-gas unit, combined heat and power (CHP), the concept of energy internet (EI), which combine different types of energy carriers, such as electricity, natural gas, and district heating (DH) networks, through cyber network, is proposed. The aim of this paper is firstly to introduce the definition, main components and its typical framework of EI. Then, this paper briefly discusses the application of EI in the whole world. After that, China is chosen as a typical country to analysis main features according to statistics. According to the features, the challenges of future energy development in China can be obtained. Finally, the paper explains the potential of EI for energy challenges in China and provides future EI development plan in China.

Keywords: Energy internet, energy carriers, cyber network, renewable energy, energy distribution
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