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Leading US tech association's research papers to help advance BRIC smart grids for next 40 years

IEEE smart grid research portfolio aims to help companies understand research gaps and encourage investment including in BRIC countries

The IEEE says BRIC countries would be interested in the research papers because they discuss smart grid technologies and state problems needing further exploration

A world leading US technology association dedicated to advancing technology has unveiled research papers which could help drive forward smart grid innovations in the BRIC countries over the next forty years. US organisation IEEE, the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology, has unveiled the Smart Grid Research papers as part of a resource portfolio, which focuses on different technology sectors within the smart grid industry.

The IEEE has said the portfolio aims to help companies understand research gaps and encourage investment in smart grid technology, including those in the BRIC countries.

Bill Ash, IEEE Standards Association strategic program manager, said, of the papers: "They look at the future smart grid technologies on a global platform, including the BRIC countries.

"This portfolio helps companies in these countries doing research to gain a better insight on the research that is needed and possible opportunities for investments in smart grid technologies," he said.

The announcement of the IEEE portfolio follows other Western developments to push forward smart grid technology in the BRIC countries over the last year. In December 2012, RET reported industry leaders from the EU and US were to present ideas at the annual smart grid forum in China.

Long-term smart grid vision

The IEEE portfolio is described as one of the industry's most comprehensive portfolios of smart grid related intelligence. In addition to research papers, it includes vision documents that address problems and challenges in both the long-and short-term.

The IEEE said the long-term vision projects are technology focused and look up to 40 years into the future. They focus on areas, such as where further research and development for the smart grid is needed.

The research covers five technology sectors: power, computing, communications, control systems, and vehicle technology. The IEEE said the topics covered will be of interest to BRIC countries.

"The BRIC countries would be interested in the research papers because they discuss technologies and state problems that will need further exploration," Ash said. "These are to be leveraged by companies or organisations looking for investment and research opportunities. They also provide the academic community problems for seeking research grants," he said.

The research leverages potential use cases, application scenarios and enabling technologies to deliver what the IEEE claim is the most "complete picture possible of the next generation of technology in each respective smart grid space."

Ash said: "The documents have a long-term outlook and look to see how technology needs to evolve to let the smart grid grow. They do not necessarily provide the solution, but state the problems that need further research and development for the smart grid to reach its potential."