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Software-Defined Networking and Smart Grid: What happens if we replace SDN's Data Plane with an Electric plane ?

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This article aims to discuss the possibility of using Software-Defined Networking (SDN) architecture to control the electric flows instead of networking packets. on other words, processing High-Voltage Electric flow instead of Ethernet packets. Introduction The Smart Grid (SG) revolution is among us!Electric distribution modelis changing from a monopolistic single-provider to a competitive model where several players considered as providers including the consumers themselves. Cheap photovoltaic panels and other affordable sources of renewable energy are heavily supporting this trend. Defining more efficient distribution and management models has become one of the main concern of the central administrations. For example, the U.S. government has already invested billions of dollars on grid related projects. If you are not familiar with SG, SG aims to provide more precise control and adaptation accurate monitoring of energy losses by spreading the intelligence of the energy distribution…