The Toshiba Smart Grid
The Smart Grid is a next-generation energy supply system that combines power supply and communication infrastructures. In a smart grid, we can expect to efficiently use the power that we generate, reduce transmission loss, and stabilize the power supply. This is accomplished by using communications technology to control the system and to balance the supply and demand of electricity. In addition, creating a smart demand and response link between consumers and power suppliers will help save energy.
A Smart Grid uses power and communications networks to connect homes, offices, and factories (as consumers of power) to multiple distributed power providers (small-scale power generators). This includes solar, wind, fuel cells, and facilities that store generated power. The smart grid system makes it possible to provide power according to demand, by tracking and predicting in real time the power demands of consumers.