March 12, 2018

Environmental Sustainability of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Smart Grids

Dr. Slaviša Aleksić

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Integration of information and communication technologies (ICTs) into systems for electricity generation, distribution and consumption is inevitable for the deployment of smart grids. Consequently, in order to enable potential efficiency gains of smart grids, a large amount of ICT equipment has to be integrated in various domains, especially in the customer and distribution domains. This additional ICT equipment requires electricity for operation and contributes to the overall electricity consumption. Additionally, it has to be manufactured, transported, installed and, later on disposed or recycled, which unavoidably leads to increased environmental sustainability issues.

Despite the undoubted potentials of smart grids for increasing the overall efficiency of electricity grids in several domains, there is a need to estimate environmental impacts of the additional ICT equipment required to make the vision of smart grids a reality.

In this talk, we will discuss environmental sustainability of the ICT equipment for smart grids that is involved in the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and home area network (HAN) applications. The environmental sustainability is analyzed by means of the exergy-based life cycle assessment (E-LCA), which is an approach based on the second law of thermodynamics that takes into consideration the entire lifetime of the equipment. We will indicate the components and life-cycle stages with the highest impact on the environmental sustainability and discuss potentials for improvement.

Short Biography:

Slavisa Aleksic received both Dipl.-Ing. (M.Sc.) and Dr. techn. (Ph.D.) degrees as well as venia docendi teaching authorisation (habilitation) from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria. Currently, he is a professor at the Hochschule für Telekommunikation (HfTL), Leipzig, Germany, where he is responsible for teaching and research within the broad area of telecommunication technologies and networks with emphasis on network design, management, and performance evaluation.

Slavisa Aleksic is author or co-author of more than 130 scientific publications including book chapters, papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and contributions to internationally recognized conferences. He has been involved in a number of projects related to communication systems and networks including projects funded by the European Union, Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), and in collaboration with several companies.

Prof. Aleksic is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of the OVE, the MRS and the IEICE. He serves as a reviewer of numerous reputed journals and book series published by e.g. IEEE, OSA, EURASIP, OSA, ELSEVIER, SPRINGER, TAYLOR & FRANCIS and a member of the Technical Programme Committee of a dozen of international conferences (IEEE, IFIP, IEE, OSA, IAIRA). He received several international and national awards and grants such as four best paper awards, the biggest Austrian business plan award i2b (second level), and the grant of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.