Editorial: Edge Computation and Digital Distribution Networks

Peng Li, Yonggang Peng, Haoran Ji, Fei Ding, Wei Xi

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The development of digital technologies is penetrating all areas of energy revolution. Based on the in-depth integration of advanced digital technologies, distribution networks are gradually transforming into digital distribution networks (DDNs) with tremendous changes from the structure to the operation mode. DDNs is the digitalized appearance of the physical distribution network, in which ubiquitous connections and massive data are the basic characteristics (Huo et al., 2022). It is an important task to utilize the massive data and propose novel operation modes to construct more efficient and intelligent distribution networks (Jian et al., 2022). Among the advanced digital technologies in DDNs, edge computing has received wide attention (Zhao et al., 2022). It has superior performance in local sensing and intelligent computation, which can effectively relieve huge communication pressure. However, the limited computing resources and the complex computing tasks at the edge side significantly challenge the collaboration of distribution network regulation and advanced digital technologies (Hu et al., 2022). It is necessary to find out proper methods to utilize advanced digital technology to construct DDNs. This Research Topic is organized to introduce the recent progress in the construction, operation and advanced computational methods for DDNs. Finally, seven papers have been accepted, which can be sorted into the following three categories: 1) Evolution and technical features of DDNs, 2) Intelligent operation control of DDNs, 3) Advanced simulation for large-scale DDNs. The three sections below respectively introduce the major research and contributions of the papers covered in each category.
Original languageAmerican English
Article number1108698
Number of pages3
JournalFrontiers in Energy Research
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5D00-85354


  • digital distribution networks
  • edge computation
  • editorial
  • operation control
  • simulation


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