Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2018, Page: 27-32
Adoption of Smart Grid Framework Which Tracks Power Consumption of Household Appliances in Zimbabwe
Elliot Mbunge, Department of Information Technology, Faculty of Accounting and Informatics, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa
Talent Rugube, Department of ICT and Electronics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe
Received: Feb. 27, 2018;       Accepted: Mar. 13, 2018;       Published: Apr. 9, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajomis.20180301.14      View  985      Downloads  42
Abstract
The aim of this study was to design a smart grid framework which tracks power consumption of household appliances. The study explored technology being used with current traditional power grid to transmit and distribute electricity from power generation sources until power reaches the final consumer. The challenges and problems of the current traditional grid were unearthed in this study to bring best solution to mitigate the current power shortage problems. Smart grid model which supports real-time electricity power usage monitoring and controlling capability is proposed as an alternative measure to control unnecessary power usage for domestic and commercial purposes. Real-time power usage monitoring, distributed power generation, varying energy demand, remote detection and faults identification, and bi-directional communication are cross-cutting technology and drivers of the implementation of smart grid. The researchers recommended energy authorities to engage with power customers to craft a policy that govern remote monitoring and controlling of electrical appliances’ power consumption to ensure complete adoption of smart grid.
Keywords
Smart Grid, Smart Meters, Traditional Power Grid, Sustainable Energy Sources
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Elliot Mbunge, Talent Rugube, Adoption of Smart Grid Framework Which Tracks Power Consumption of Household Appliances in Zimbabwe, American Journal of Operations Management and Information Systems. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2018, pp. 27-32. doi: 10.11648/j.ajomis.20180301.14
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