This topical issue collects contributions to the interdisciplinary study of power grid stability in face of increasing volatility of energy production and consumption due to increasing renewable energy infeed and changing climatic conditions. The individual papers focus on different aspects of this field and bring together modern achievements from various disciplines, in particular complex systems science, nonlinear data analysis, control theory, electrical engineering, and climatology. Main topics considered here are prediction and volatility of renewable infeed, modelling and theoretical analysis of power grid topology, dynamics and stability, relationships between stability and complex network topology, and improvements via topological changes or control. Impacts for the design of smart power grids are discussed in detail.
Heitzig, J., Fujiwara, N., Aihara, K., & Kurths, J. (2014). Interdisciplinary challenges in the study of power grid resilience and stability and their relation to extreme weather events. The European Physical Journal. Special Topics, 223(12), 2383-2386. https://doi.org/10.1140/epjst/e2014-02281-0